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The Emergency Department. The unending movement. People with constant urgency. Emergency departments run the gamut of human emotion. A space that has a big responsibility in maximizing productivity while easing stress. All the while serving as the front door to the hospital.
Focused on contributing to a high quality of life in their community and creating a place that enriches, uplifts and inspires the human spirit, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound is part of a high-density, new urban town center development. Located on a heavily wooded site, the 180,000-square-foot, 96-bed hospital concept is about balancing nature and culture. The site-driven design centers on “outdoor rooms” consisting of tree preservation parks, outdoor dining, entry courtyard and terrace. They promote healing connections to nature at waiting rooms, public spaces and patient rooms. Inspired by the forms, textures and colors of regional stone and botanicals, the sophisticated yet relaxing atmosphere is conducive to a sense of well-being. A floor dedicated to labor/delivery, postpartum, and a nursery creates a sanctuary for women, newborns and their families. Creative planning consistent with client-driven operational strategy optimizes the value of each space with flexible swing rooms between the emergency department, prep/recovery and PACU. Reflecting commitment to energy-efficient and sustainable design objectives, the facility is the first hospital in Flower Mound to achieve LEED Silver Certification and is the first LEED project for Texas Health Resources. The hospital is a joint venture between Texas Health Resources and local physicians through a partnership developed by Texas Health Partners.
Sensitivity to developing a heavily wooded site was the first step toward a sustainable hospital to contribute to the quality of life for the community. From the beginning, HKS worked with Texas Health Partners to reduce the required building footprint by carefully analyzing the clinical processes.
Design Premise: Provide the people of southern Denton County with a hospital unlike any other, to celebrate the cycle of life – connecting with the environment, both inside and out, to create a place where people can be inspired, heal and grow.
Facilitating Health, Safety and Welfare: The hospital layout optimizes healing views to nature. The lobby areas and meditation room on the first floor have generous floor-to-ceiling views of the meticulously landscaped, lush courtyard. Virtually all patient rooms and patient corridors feature views to the outdoors.
Improving Patient Healthcare and/or Staff Performance: The goal of lean design infused with thoughtful manipulation of the human experience – both internal and external – is to provide an environment that maximizes the potential for positive clinical outcomes.
Distinguishing Design Features: Creative planning consistent with client-driven operational strategies optimizes the value of each space to generate lean design and innovative clinical processes.
Ecological Impacts and Improvement in the Quality of Life: The approach to siting the structure and required parking began with designating tree preservation park areas, to craft the experience and retain the character of the existing forest.
Sustainable Community Commitment: Special challenges included making the project as sustainable as possible in pursuit of a LEED Silver rating.