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2016 Parkin Architects Year In Review

It’s been another exhilarating and rewarding year for Parkin Architects Limited. We continued our work on a number of cutting-edge projects for the foremost healthcare, educational, recreation, justice, and research institutions across Canada.

Thank you to our incredible team. We wouldn’t be the award-winning firm we are today without your hard work and dedication. Together, we will continue to accomplish meaningful work and provide truly worthwhile services to our clients in the year ahead.

Here is a look at our highlights from 2016:


2016 Hardsurface Awards – Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital

The TTMAC (Terrazzo, Tile and Marble Association of Canada) announced that the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital won the Terrazzo Award.

Gold Award Winner for Infrastructure – New Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital

Celebrating Innovation and Excellence in Public-Private Partnerships, CCPPP (The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships) announced that

Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital is the recipient of the Gold Award for Infrastructure.

Restigouche Hospital Center, Campbellton, NB Achieves LEED Silver Certification

Parkin Architects Limited is excited to announce that Restigouche Hospital Center recently achieved LEED Silver certification.  All mandatory credits were successfully met.

2016 Canstruction Award Winner

Good News!  For those who follow Parkin on social media, you’ve already heard, our Team (Entuitive/PCL/Parkin) won an award for “Best Use of Labels”.


The Hospital of the Future

Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital was featured in The Globe and Mail’s Property Report. The hospital, which opened in December 2015, features “smart” patient rooms and multiple additional technological enhancements.

Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital featured in Healthcare Design Magazine

The article speaks to design features and site layout of the hospital. Parkin Principal and Shareholder, May Chow is also featured in a Q&A session.

Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital featured in AWARD Magazine

Featured in the February 2016 edition, the article discusses the design behind the hospital and the commitment to provide excellent patient care.  John Christie (Project Director/Architect) comments on the attention to user experience.

Parkin featured in Canadian Business Journal

Parkin Architects Limited was featured in the February edition with a focus on 30 years of innovative public design.

Project Updates

Qikiqtani General Hospital – Postcard

We completed work on Qikiqtani General Hospital in Iqaluit, Nunavut. The project has added further northern expertise to our portfolio.

Tuugaalik High School, Naujaat (Repulse Bay), Nunavut

We’re pleased to have participated in the completion of Tuugaalik High School, providing design development, construction documentation and construction review services for the new school.

York Regional Police – Training Facility Update

Construction pace increased and the building is being enclosed. Additional work continues quickly and sub-contractors have now mobilized on site.

Halton Regional Police Update

Construction is on schedule for the new Halton Regional Police Headquarters in Oakville.

Providence Care Hospital – Update

Substantial Performance was certified by the Cost Consultant on November 18, 2016, and occupancy granted by the city of Kingston. 

SickKids, Marnie’s Studio a Space for Kids to Play and be Creative

This kids’ area is a renovated space at SickKids.  Amenities include a media centre, a stage for live performances, a creative arts area, and a multi-sensory room.

The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre’s New Brain Imaging Centre

This space opened in the spring of 2016. Its new PET-MRI technology is the first of its kind in Canada dedicated to mental health research, and gives the Centre’s researchers a window into the brain allowing them to develop new, personalized treatments to improve individual patient progress.

Blogs Posts and Articles

Just in case you missed any, here are some of the top blog posts from the past year:

Designing for Common Areas

Trends in the Design of Correctional Facilities

Architectural Blog Series: Southlake Regional Health Centre

Material Selections in Healthcare

Designing Canada’s North – How the South can Benefit

University of Toronto Mississauga, Physics Undergraduate Teaching Labs

Women in Architecture

Rules for How to Develop Colour Palettes for Hospitals

Architectural Blog Series: Hamilton Health Sciences, Digestive Diseases

3D Printing – A Learning Process from an Architect’s Point of View

Interior Designers in Architectural Practices

Case Study | Qikiqtani General Hospital

Water Conservation At Home

Architectural Blog Series: Hanover & District Hospital, Expansion of Surgical Department

Architects and Interior Designers Working in Harmony

Thank you once again to everyone who has been a part of our 2016 success. We wish you all the best in the year ahead.


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