Children’s Health (Dallas) and UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas announced plans to build a $5 billion pediatric health campus on the UT Southwestern campus.

Situated on 33 acres, the project will include a 2 million-square-foot hospital with two 12-story towers and an eight-story tower to replace the existing Children’s Medical Center Dallas. The hospital will house 552 beds with room for expansion, a Level I pediatric trauma center, 90 emergency department (ED) exam rooms, 24 observation rooms, and two helipads.

A connector bridge between the campus and William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital is also planned.

In addition to providing clinical care, the new pediatric campus will serve as a hub for innovation, academic research, technology development, and training for gene therapy, neuromuscular diseases, metabolic disorders, congenital heart disease research, rare disease treatment, oncology, solid organ transplants, and neonatology.

HKS (Dallas) and Perkins&Will (Dallas) collaborated on the project’s design. McCarthy Vaughn Partnership (MVP), a joint venture of McCarthy Building Companies Inc. (Dallas) and J.T. Vaughn Construction LLC (Dallas), will serve as construction manager

The campus is expected to open in the next 6-7 years.

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