Parkwood Institute Mental Health Care Building

Parkin Architects Limited

architects Tillmann Ruth Robinson
London, ON, Canada | View Map
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Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Patient Washroom flooringSika
Sikafloor® 2000 Quartz Coloré
Plastic Laminate DoorsArborite
Tatami Kori
Ceramic tileCentura
Lounge Furniture krug
Zola line
Carpet TileShaw Contract
Glimmer Carpet Tile
ICU Type DoorsStanley Access Technologies
Dura-Care ICU/CCU Manual Door System

Product Spec Sheet
Patient Washroom flooring
Sikafloor® 2000 Quartz Coloré by Sika
Plastic Laminate Doors
Tatami Kori by Arborite
Ceramic tile
Basaltina by Centura
Lounge Furniture
Zola line by krug
Carpet Tile
Glimmer Carpet Tile by Shaw Contract
ICU Type Doors
Dura-Care ICU/CCU Manual Door System by Stanley Access Technologies

Parkwood Institute Mental Health Care Building by Parkin Architects Limited and ATTR Inc. in a Joint Venture

Parkin Architects Limited as Architects

• The Parkwood Institute is a new 450,000 sq. ft., four-storey 168-bed psychiatric hospital located on an existing hospital site joined to the existing rehabilitation and veteran’s hospital.   This general psychiatric facility has a clinical focus on adolescent psychiatry, assessment, dual diagnosis, concurrent disorders, geriatric psychiatry, mood and anxiety disorders, and psychosis. The building is connected to the existing Parkwood Hospital, Western Counties Building and to the new parking garage via underground tunnels. The Parkwood Institute has a chapel and courtyard with a labyrinth, four secured courtyards for patients, and secured outdoor seating, adjacent to the food services area, for patients and visitors.

photo_credit Shai Gil Photography
Shai Gil Photography

• Parkin was challenged to design the facilities in order for the Forensic Program to provide an environment that facilitates the advancement of forensic psychiatry. Parkin utilized and embodied a model of care in the design of the home units, neighbourhoods and downtown called Psycho-Social Rehabilitation (PSR), which promotes individual healing that is rooted in personal goals, family involvement, support, and community interaction, and enables people with mental illness to lead full, meaningful lives while coping with a mental illness. In order to contribute to a cascade of increasingly greater levels of liberty which supports the PSRmodel and the clients’ recovery and healing, Parkin designed a mental health setting that offers minimum and double-locked medium secure environment and single-locked areas.

photo_credit Shai Gil Photography
Shai Gil Photography

What materials did you choose and why? 
As an Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC) Advocate Firm, Parkin is familiar with the approach to evidence-based design (EBD) and had onsite healthcare design researchers who undertook studies to develop strategies of creating normalized patient experiences as well as designs and materials to prevent spread of infections and provide safe and secure healing environments. EBD innovations were developed that contributed to improved patient experiences, safe courtyard spaces to provide outdoor spaceto various patient populations, and architectural colour and material cues for simple and intuitive wayfinding.  All materials were selected to meet EBD findings and sustainable initiatives to meet LEED certification requirements.

photo_credit Shai Gil Photography
Shai Gil Photography
photo_credit Shai Gil Photography
Shai Gil Photography
photo_credit Shai Gil Photography
Shai Gil Photography

Material Used :
Façade Cladding:
Hastings & Aziz Ltd. - Preformed horizontal metal cladding system

Linoleum Sheet Flooring(Most of the clinical and non-public corridors etc):, Forbo Marmoleum
Patient Washroom flooring: Seamless Resin, Sika, Sikafloor® 2000 Quartz Coloré
Carpet tile in non-clinical admin areas: Shaw Contract, Glimmer Carpet Tile Flashpoint
Public Space Ceramic Floor Tile: Centura, Basaltina Ceramic tile, 12”x24” 

Pocket Plastic Laminate Doors, Continental Cabinet Company, materials and finishes as noted below:
FOR C2-162:
FOR C2-111

ICU Type Doors: 
Stanley Access Technologies Dura-Care ICU/CCU Manual Door System

Plastic Laminate Doors: Upper Canada Specialty Hardware, Colour -Arborite Tatami Kori P‐257CA

Pressed Steel Frames Upper Canada Specialty Hardware

A1 Fixture: Philips CFI Lamp T8 1x4 Recessed Fluorescent Full Size Lens t8 Lamp 

Furniture by Judy Newcombe Design Associates Inc. Lounge Furniture Krug Zola line

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