As we look back on 2021, we would like to thank our staff, partners, and all team members for their hard work and dedication over this past year. This year as we settled into a new way of working, it has been rewarding to be able to contribute our services to the community and work with amazing teams. We look forward to the coming year and the opportunity to achieve even more together in 2022.
Our highlights from 2021:
Awards and Appointments
Parkin Architects was excited to announce eight promotions, including four new appointments to our Management Team, these promotions are in recognition of the significant contributions to team, projects and committee work. We welcome these leaders to their new roles and look forward to their contribution to the continued success of the firm. To learn more about our new Principals, Senior Associates and Associates please click here.
We are pleased to announce that Cindy O’Brien, RN, BsN, MHS joined the Parkin team. Cindy is a nurse with front line experience in emergency, critical care and inpatient units.
Parkin congratulates Plenary Americas for receiving three honours at the annual P3 Awards. Corner Brook Acute Care Hospital won for Best Social Infrastructure Project. Parkin is proud to be a part of this dynamic team for Corner Brook Acute Care Hospital.
During the COVID Pandemic, the International Federation of Healthcare Engineering (IFHE) was engaged by the World Health Organization (WHO) to support responsive activities to assist in the development of projects to combat the new coronavirus disease. Many parties were involved in this work across the globe, including Parkin Architects. Parkin’s volunteer efforts were recognized by the IFHE Executive Committee. A huge thank you goes out to Robin Snell (Director) and to Shannon Wright (Associate) for their contributions.
Parkin congratulates Senior Associate, Kyle Basilius, for achieving admittance to the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) as a Board-Certified healthcare architect. He is only the second practising architect in Canada to have received this certification.
Publications, Conferences and Speaking Engagements
Parkin Associate, Shannon Wright, is quoted in Award Magazine’s feature ‘Socially Conscious’, (subtitled ‘Green building design gains more traction as a result of the pandemic’). To read this insightful feature, click here.
Parkin Director, Robin Snell, participated in Stephen Verderber’s studio crits for a University of Toronto’s Architectural Masters Class.
Parkin is an industry partner for this Cornell Research Lab with Dr. Saleh Kalantari, Director of the Design and Augmented Intelligence Lab (DAIL) at Cornell. Parkin Director, Robin Snell, collaborated with the Cornell University research team on their academic paper, A New Method of Human Response Testing to Enhance the Design Process, which has been issued for publication in academic journals.
Parkin Director, Robin Snell, participated as a panelist for CCHF’s discussion, sharing his insights on Isolation Room design.
As the Principal leading the Science and Technology design group at Parkin, David Driscoll provides his expertise on Transparency and Collaboration and how they are key to the Design of Science Education Spaces. His expertise is featured in Learning by Design magazine, summer 2021 edition. To read David’s insightful feature, click here.
Robin Snell, Parkin Director and Chair of CSA Z8003 participated as a guest speaker at the 41st Annual Conference of CHES (the Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society) National Virtual Conference.
CCHF is organizing its first Canada-wide live virtual summit on November 30th, 2021. The theme is Silver Linings from the Pandemic – Resiliency and Innovation. Robin Snell, a Parkin Director, was a part of an expert panel to discuss experiences and insights on how to move forward with planning and design of facilities, and how design considerations may need to change.
Parkin Senior Associate, Kyle Basilius, shares his thoughts on a net-zero future, new project delivery models, and healthcare’s role in Aboriginal reconciliation. A leading healthcare design professional, Kyle participated in Healthcare Design’s series Take 5, where leading design professionals tell us what’s caught their attention and share their ideas on the subject. To find out what caught Kyle’s attention, click here.
Parkin Principal, David Driscoll, has been a member of SLCAN (https://slcan.ca/) since its inception in 2013. Parkin attended an SLCAN sponsored virtual session hosted by Thomas Smith, President and CEO of 3Flow.
Parkin’s interior design team provides a full-service Interiors consulting service. Their experience and knowledge are based on evidence-based design and innovative solutions that promote positive and enduring social change. Please find the first video here and the second here.
Construction of the Town of Caledon East Community Centre has been completed. Parkin enjoyed bringing this project to fruition together with McDonald Brothers and Stephenson Engineering Ltd. Our team is fortunate to have collaborated with this expanding facility since 2007, as well as the second arena in 2010!
Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre (part of Hamilton Health Sciences) awarded Parkin the design of a Stem Cell Transplant Unit. The Centre is one of just three such facilities providing all forms of stem cell transplants to adult cancer patients in Ontario. As Prime Consultant, Parkin was involved in all stages: initial functional programming, design development, construction contract documentation, tendering, and construction contract administration.
Penticton Regional Hospital opened its new emergency department in Phase 2 of renovations to the existing building. Parkin is proud to be the architect for this hospital and to contribute to the sense of pride for the community.
Parkin and G architects are collaborating in joint venture with PCL Constructors Canada Inc. in the rapid construction of a 320-bed facility in Ajax, for Lakeridge Health. The project is part of the provincial accelerated build pilot program, led by Infrastructure Ontario, which aims to have the home planning, designed, constructed, and available for seniors in the community by late 2021.
Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children engaged Parkin to design a new Cellular Therapy Suite that meets current and future needs of the hospital’s Bone Marrow Transplant / Cellular therapy program.
Parkin extends congratulations to Queensway Carleton Hospital (QCH) for receiving funding approval for renovations and an addition to its Mental Health Unit. We are proud to be working with QCH’s team on this exciting and rewarding project.
Parkin is pleased to be once again working with EllisDon, this time on Phase Two of the Royal Columbian Hospital design/build project.
Parkin recently completed a surgical suite for a team of plastic surgeons in an office building in the downtown core. The fully equipped surgical suite allows patients to get the full complement of procedures outside of a hospital.
Red Fish Healing Centre for Mental Health & Addiction is located on the 244 acres of Riverview Lands in Coquitlam, BC. The core guiding design and construction principles reflect the values of the community and the Kwikwetlem First Nation (“KFN”).
Parkin is proud to report that Cape Dorset Health Centre reached substantial performance. Despite COVID-19 travel restrictions and Kinngait closing its airport to visitors for several months, our team was able to complete the project within the original timeline proposed in July of 2018.
Parkin is pleased to be working with Coles Associates Ltd., TEK Consultants Ltd., Province of Prince Edward Island, and FitzGerald and Snow (2010) Ltd. on the new addition to the women’s unit at the Provincial Correctional Centre in Miltonvale, P.E.I.
The Bayers Lake QEII Community Outpatient Centre will offer several services that do not require a hospital setting. Those potential services may include an initial visit with a specialist, post-surgery or post-treatment follow-up, blood collection, and X-rays. 100% Contract Documents were issued on June 21, 2021. Substantial completion is scheduled for August 2023.
Parkin in joint venture with RPL Architects is currently working on the Clarington Police Complex – Phase 2 located in Bowmanville, ON. The $83M project is a new build and will be tendered in July 2021. Construction is scheduled to start in September 2021 with occupancy scheduled for August 2023.
Kinngait’s new Health Centre in Cape Dorset, NU opened on August 3, 2021, and averaged 40 visits per day in the first week. Parkin Architects is proud to be a part of the team led by Accutech Engineering and Pilitak Construction. We worked together to provide quick access to healthcare, much needed for the community.
Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital’s new emergency department stage 3.2 has recently been approved by the Ministry to move forward with construction documents, stage 4.1. A fundraising campaign has recently been launched by the hospital for the project. Parkin is working closely with the hospital and users to incorporate pandemic protocols in the design.
The goal of the Branson Ambulatory Care Centre relocation, further known as the new Minor Procedures Hub, was to continue NYGH’s patient-centred quality care embedded within the community fabric as a satellite hub.
Parkin launched an internal staff design competition for Camp Couchiching’s “Windsurf Pavilion”. The design competition, loosely called the ‘Windsurf Pavilion’, was intended to refurbish the existing windsurfing program area.
Blogs Posts and Articles
Just in case you haven’t read our 2021 blogs, here are the posts from the past year: