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Children’s Medical Center

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project client

Children’s Medical Center, Dallas

Children’s Medical Center

architect

HKS, Inc.

link completes the hospital’s signature form. According to David Vincent, AIA, HKS’ principal medical planner, some

Centex Construction Company, Inc.

functional interior areas allowing increased family ameni-

HKS, Inc. (structural); CCRD Partners (MEP); Mitchell

ties. “Today, the hospital is able to offer families space for

Associates (interiors and graphics); The Lighting Practice (lighting);

a sleepover couch as well as comfortable seating,” Vincent

Sonia King (murals); Gene Burton & Associates (equip planner)

said. The opening of the six floors is the first part of an

contractor consultants

photographer

Ed LaCasse

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of the building’s exterior void spaces were transformed into

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aggressive expansion underway at Children’s to meet the needs of a rapidly growing pediatric population in North

To complete a unique and challenging expansion for the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, HKS and Centex

Texas. Completed in January 2004, the addition is part of A n d i

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the $100 million expansion at the Motor Street facility.

worked together to design and build a six-story addition

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b e i e r m a n

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,”

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said Roy Gunsolus, AIA, HKS’ senior vice president and project manager. “The original bed tower was a six-story

r e s o u r c e s

concrete structure designed for a one-story addition. HKS

architectural concrete :

switched to a lighter weight steel structure, added lateral

membrane roofing :

bracing, and maximized the structure’s code capacity al-

and plastic doors and frames :

concrete materials :

Lattimore Concrete;

precast

metal doors and frames :

VTI Inc.;

wood

VTI Inc.; metal windows : Kawneer; glazed

lowing six floors to be added.” The 159,000-sf expansion

curtainwall : Kawneer; tile : Daltile; acoustical ceilings : USG; wall cover -

doubles the size of the East Tower and adds approximately

ings : Tandem Contract; paint : ICI, flooring : Toli Flooring, Roppe Base,

132 beds, while the high-rise tower design offers a dra-

Armstrong Flooring, Nora Rubber Flooring, D4-Tile, Bisazza, Bolyu

matic view of the Dallas skyline. The building’s footprint

Contract Carpet;

was expanded through triangular projections on each of the

Co.; manufactured casework : Howard McKinney Inc.; blinds , shutters ,

bed tower’s four faceted ends, and a barrel vault at the east

and shades :

9 / 1 0

2 0 0 6

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GFRC of Texas; laminates : Wilsonart Pionite;

Soprema;

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signage and graphics :

Ground floor plan 1 patient care units 2 public/administrative 3 elevators

Morrison Architectural Sign

Mecho Shades

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