Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus

Houston, TX

Project Description

Located on a beautifully landscaped 55-acre site, Texas Children's Hospital West Campus is the first community children's hospital to be built in the greater Houston area and is one of the largest suburban pediatric hospitals in the country. The 492,000-square-foot, five-story facility includes 48 inpatient beds (with space for an additional 48 beds), four operating rooms, a 14-bed pediatric emergency center, and a 220,000-square-foot outpatient clinic wing. The site was carefully master planned to accommodate long-term growth, including significant shelled space inside, and anticipated footprint locations for the next patient tower, medical office building, parking garage, and additional growth space. As a reflection of this long-term thinking, the central organizing element on this large site is a grand ellipse, carefully set on axis with the high traffic corner of the site to simplify wayfinding and visibility of the entrance.

The architectural vocabulary of the primary urban campus of Texas Children’s Hospital was reinterpreted in this new suburban setting. The exterior harkens to the original 1950s hospital with its horizontal banded windows, yet the curved face, state-of-the-art glazing, and colorful spheres make the West Campus entirely unique and distinctive. The complex has three wings radiating from a central lobby. The front two wings are curved along the ellipse, forming “welcoming arms” to greet patients and family. The third wing, which contains the inpatient rooms, extends into the quiet corner of the site, with views of the trees, pond and fountains, carefully isolated from the parking lots and traffic noise.