Submitted by: Page Southerland Page (Dallas)

Baylor Surgical Hospital at Fort Worth (Fort Worth, Texas) had outgrown its existing facility. The client assessed multiple options starting with renovation considerations. It was determined a replacement hospital with capacity for future growth was a more appropriate direction for improved care and optimization of operations. The 5.2-acre site for the new 82,000-square-foot hospital is located approximately 1.5 miles from the existing facility, revitalizing a brown field site within an area undergoing rapid urban revitalization and mixed-use development.  The project was a collaborative and integrated team process applying efficient planning, creative use of materials, and prefabrication methods that were keys for success to deliver the new facility on time and on budget.

A fractal formation design creates scaling to human dimensions for the visitor to feel a sense of intimacy while establishing a proportional relationship to the building.  The use of the exterior materials correlates to the functional organization within.  The glass communicates directional flow for patrons upon entering the site, to the main lobby, and through to departmental entrances.  As the flow of the space transitions to private offstage areas, the exterior is solid with windows strategically placed to bring in natural light.

The first floor includes diagnostic and treatment services with imaging, emergency, and 10 operating rooms, while the second floor has 26 inpatient beds and four intensive care beds. The new facility provides for all private patient rooms differing from the existing facility, which aligns the hospital with the desired goal for patient-family centered care.

Project category: New construction

Chief administrator: Paul DeBona, CEO

Firm: Page Southerland Page,

Design team: Page Southerland Page (architect, interior designer, structural and MEP engineer); Kimley-Horn & Associates (civil engineer); Telios PC (low voltage security consultant); Mazzetti+GBA (medical equipment planner); Hill & Wilkinson (contractor)

Total building area (sq. ft.): 82,000

Construction cost/sq. ft.: $292

Total construction cost (excluding land): $24 million

Completed: August 2014