Texas Architect July/Aug 2012: Healthcare & Wellness
In this edition about design for healthcare and wellness, we look at good buildings of both types. But the role of architects in public health goes far beyond their work on the hospitals, clinics, and fitness facilities routinely associated with these two categories. The broader purview includes their role in shaping more livable, sustainable, and healthy communities — the premise being that there is a direct correlation between the design of a community and the health of its people.
It’s rare these days to see editorial coverage of healthcare without the companion word, “wellness” — which is both a goal of healthcare and, in the context of building types, a handy synonym for “fitness.” In the latter category, we cover two facilities that are at opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of their locations and constituencies. The Tellepsen Family YMCA in the hardscape of downtown Houston states flatly that “Everyone is welcome.” Whereas the Northwood Club is an exclusive members-only haven amongst trees and rolling meadows in north Dallas. What ties the two projects together? They are both exemplary in satisfying client aspirations. Bucolic vs. urban also applies to the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center in the plains of Oklahoma and the CHRISTUS Moran Health Center in midtown Houston. As different as their settings are, both buildings succeed in making a high-impact connection with their community. Healthcare and Wellness 38 Embracing Culture and Place Chickasaw Nation Medical Center, Ada, OK PageSoutherlandPage Brian Freese, AIA 44 Worthy of the Mission CHRISTUS Moran Health Center, Houston Morris Architects Gin Kappler-Peeler, AIA 50 The Big Picture Tellepsen Family Downtown YMCA, Houston Kirksey Architecture Val Glitsch, FAIA 56 Fitness Finesse Northwood Club Pool and Fitness Facility, Dallas Good Fulton & Farrell Architects Dan Killebrew, AIA 7/8 2012 Texas Architect 37