Texas Architect Sept/Oct 2006: Design Awards
Texas Architect is the official publication of the Texas Society of Architects, each edition features recently completed projects and other editorial content largely written by AIA members in Texas. That collective participation was the basis of Texas Architect’s recognition by the national AIA with a 2010 Institute Honor for Collaborative Achievement.
t e x a s a r c h i t e c t 9 / 10 2 0 0 6 85 PORTFOLIO: heaLThcaRe project Children’s Medical Center, Dallas client Children’s Medical Center architect HKS, Inc. contractor Centex Construction Company, Inc. consultants HKS, Inc. (structural); CCRD Partners (MEP); Mitchell Associates (interiors and graphics); The Lighting Practice (lighting); Sonia King (murals); Gene Burton & Associates (equip planner) photographer Ed LaCasse concrete materials : Lattimore Concrete; precast architectural concrete : GFRC of Texas; laminates : Wilsonart Pionite; membrane roofing : Soprema; metal doors and frames : VTI Inc.; wood and plastic doors and frames : VTI Inc.; metal windows : Kawneer; glazed curtainwall : Kawneer; tile : Daltile; acoustical ceilings : USG; wall cover - ings : Tandem Contract; paint : ICI, flooring : Toli Flooring, Roppe Base, Armstrong Flooring, Nora Rubber Flooring, D4-Tile, Bisazza, Bolyu Contract Carpet; signage and graphics : Morrison Architectural Sign Co.; manufactured casework : Howard McKinney Inc.; blinds , shutters , and shades : Mecho Shades children’s Medical center to complete a unique and challenging expansion for the children’s Medical center of Dallas, hKs and centex worked together to design and build a six-story addition atop an existing six-story building. “hKs was brought on board to maximize the vertical expansion possibilities of the hospital’s existing bed tower so that additional children’s patient care and medical treatment would be available,” said roy Gunsolus, aia, hKs’ senior vice president and project manager. “the original bed tower was a six-story concrete structure designed for a one-story addition. hKs switched to a lighter weight steel structure, added lateral bracing, and maximized the structure’s code capacity al- lowing six floors to be added.” the 159,000-sf expansion doubles the size of the east tower and adds approximately 132 beds, while the high-rise tower design offers a dra- matic view of the Dallas skyline. the building’s footprint was expanded through triangular projections on each of the bed tower’s four faceted ends, and a barrel vault at the east link completes the hospital’s signature form. according to David Vincent, aia, hKs’ principal medical planner, some of the building’s exterior void spaces were transformed into functional interior areas allowing increased family ameni- ties. “today, the hospital is able to offer families space for a sleepover couch as well as comfortable seating,” Vincent said. the opening of the six floors is the first part of an aggressive expansion underway at children’s to meet the needs of a rapidly growing pediatric population in North texas. completed in January 2004, the addition is part of the $100 million expansion at the Motor street facility. Andi beiermAn resources 1 GrouND floor plaN 1 pAtient cAre units 2 public/AdministrAtive 3 elevAtors 1 1 2 2 2 3 3 3 3