Austin VA Outpatient Clinic

Austin, TX

Project Description

Designed “to care for those who have borne the battle,” the Austin VA Outpatient Clinic embodies the mission of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Patient-centric philosophies have been incorporated with architectural concepts that reflect the unique geological characteristics of Central Texas. The building’s exterior and public interior spaces feature horizontal bands of masonry and native leuders limestone, which allude to rock formations at nearby McKinney Falls State Park, located just two miles away. Designed to LEED Silver equivalency, the 260,000-square-foot facility is the largest freestanding VA outpatient clinic in the U.S.

The facility’s future users, both patients and staff, helped guide the design process, and their input is manifested in several ways. Interiors are designed to enhance the care given to patients and their loved ones, as well as inspire the caregivers by providing a workplace that gives staff members a sense of pride, which in turn encourages a better quality of care. The design also maximizes energy efficiency while creating light-filled public spaces and corridors illuminated by floor-to-ceiling windows that offer occupants visual connections to the outdoors. The horizontal configuration demonstrates a connection to the natural environment, which is intended to be a calming influence for users undergoing stressful situations. The use of natural materials further also helps make that important connection to nature.