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Texas Center for Infectious Disease Hospital

project Texas client Texas

Center for Infectious Disease Hospital, San Antonio

Facilities Commission/Texas Department of State

Health Services

The new Texas Center for Infectious Disease (TCID) hospital is the first free-standing infectious disease hospital

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constructed in the U.S. in more than 50 years and one of

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architect O’Connell

Robertson

only six in the nation. Designed by O’Connell Robertson

design team Richard

Burnight, AIA; Matthew Fabre, AIA; Ted Davison,

for the care and treatment of patients with tuberculosis,

HFDP; Louis Cornoyer, PE; David Cash, PE; Jennifer Hoskins, IIDA

the 60,000-sf hospital replaces aging facilities on the

contractor JE

Texas Department of State Health Services campus near

Dunn Construction

consultants Pape

Dawson (civil); Bender Wells Clark Design

Brooks City-Base in San Antonio. While tuberculosis can

(landscape); Jaster-Quintanilla (structural); Kroll Security Group

typically be treated on an outpatient basis, TCID provides

(security); Halford Busby (cost)

care for the most clinically complex cases. O’Connell

photographer Thomas

Robertson developed design and engineering solutions to

McConnell

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create a comfortable environment for long-term patients,

Featherlite; metal decking : Nucor Vulcraft; railings / handrails / stairs /

and protect the safety of patients and staff. In this $25

structural steel :

Hill Country Steel; roof ladder : ALACO Ladder Co.;

million facility, every patient room is an airborne infec-

architectural woodwork : Timber Casework Mfg.; exterior insulation and

tion isolation room. To accommodate the varying levels of

finish systems : Sto Corp.; roof and wall panels : John W. McDougall Co.

infection control needed in the most energy-efficient way,

(Ed Flume Building Specialties); membrane roofing : Johns Manville;

the HVAC in each of the 74 patient rooms can be individu-

overhead doors :

Cookson; entrances : Kawneer; gypsum board framing :

ally changed from “isolation” to “neutral.” An anteroom

Fry Reglet, USG, Georgia-Pacific; tile : DalTile, Crossville Ceramics,

outside each patient room provides additional infection

Medici Mosaics; paints : PPG; lab casework : ALC-Collegedale; shades :

control protection, acting as a buffer between patients

MechoShade; fixtures / plumbing : Ferguson Enterprises

and the corridor. Interiors were designed to provide com-

Acme Brick Company;

fortable, home-like environments for patients who may remain there for months or years. Because sunlight kills airborne tuberculosis, allowing even infectious patients to be safely around others outside, the facility includes

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support treatment, provide the required levels of isolation, limes tone :

r e s o u r c e s   m a s o n r y unit s :

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SECOND FLOOR PLAN 1 PATIENTS ROOM SUITES 2 SECLUSION SUITE 3 PUBLIC AREAS 4 STAFF/SUPPORT SERVICES 5 MECHANICAL/ELECTRICAL 6 PORCH

large porch areas that are centrally located along with smaller porches at the end of each wing on each level. NOELLE HEINZE

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