Children's Medical Center Legacy

Plano, TX

Project Description

Maximizing the healing power of nature to create a curative environment influenced by the latest thinking in patient-centered care provided the design basis for this 301,770-square-foot pediatric specialty hospital. From every public space to every patient room, the design team considered how patient care and safety could be improved through the use of nature, daylight and color, while positively affecting the experiences of patients, families and staff. The 81-acre site was master planned for the initial 72-bed facility with associated outpatient clinics and can expand to accommodate 240 beds with more than 500,000 square feet of clinic and office space. Site position and orientation were top priorities in providing unobstructed views of the natural water features and grasslands from every patient room.

Patient rooms have large windows and a residential character in their furnishings, cabinetry, and material palette. They are organized into patient, family, and caregiver zones to provide adequate space and minimize encroachment of space for clinical functions. Each has been designed to be acuity-adaptable, single occupancy, and same-handed for greater efficiency. An entry vestibule functions as the clinical care zone of the room. This keeps the clinical area convenient for the caregiver but it remains out of the patient’s sight line.



American Institute of Architects Academy of Architecture for Health (AIA AAH) Best Hospital Project. Built, more than $25 million (construction cost).
Modern Healthcare Design Award, Honorable Mention, Built.
Healthcare Design Magazine Citation of Merit
Construction Owners Association of America Silver Medal Architecture for Health Design Award

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