HKS Wins Two 2023 AIA Healthcare Design Awards

Global design firm HKS has won two 2023 American Institute of Architects Healthcare Design Awards for Moody Outpatient Center at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas, and AHN Wexford Hospital in Wexford, Pennsylvania.

The annual award honors the “best of health care building design, health care planning and health care design-oriented research,” according to the AIA. Winning projects exhibit “conceptual strength” that addresses the specific concerns of their communities as well as “functional and sustainability” concerns as they relate to health care.

The award is decided by a jury of AIA members. This year’s jury included Asia Allen (Gresham Smith), Walter Jones (Campus Transformation at the MetroHealth System), Ashley Mulhall (Winslow), Akshay Sangolli (Page Southerland Page, Inc.), Molly M. Scanlon (University of Arizona Zuckerman College of Public Health) and Eurico Francisco (Callison RTKL) as chair.

“Industry recognition for our design work affirms HKS commitment to design excellence,” said Jason Schroer, Global Practice Director of Health at HKS. “Moreover, it reflects our obligation to our clients and communities to create spaces and places that support positive outcomes. Design can really make a difference.”

“Industry recognition for our design work affirms HKS commitment to design excellence.”

Moody Outpatient Center consolidates two-dozen multidisciplinary outpatient clinics as a part of the public Parkland Health system that has served Dallas County for more than 120 years.

Located on Parkland’s main hospital campus, Moody Outpatient Center features a light-filled atrium that serves as each floor’s shared waiting area and bisects its two clinical wings. The Center hosts a variety of care types, including the Moody Center for Breast Health, an HIV clinic and both medical and surgical oncology.

Beyond the central atrium, the design of each clinical wing is centered on a network of standardized clinic pods optimized for streamlined patient-care flow and the ability to adapt to service line changes or future growth.

The Center was also designed to reduce embodied carbon use and is LEED Gold-certified. The sustainable use of prefabricated facade panels decreased construction time and costs.

HKS designed Wexford Hospital, which is part of the Allegheny Health Network, to bring full diagnostic and treatment services closer to residents of the Wexford suburb north of Pittsburgh.

The 160-bed hospital provides women’s health services, emergency medicine, intensive care and cardiac care, among other care specialties. According to Allegheny Health Network, Wexford Hospital’s labor and delivery unit is the first in northern Allegheny County with a Level II neonatal intensive care unit and high-risk obstetrical services.

The hospital is LEED-certified and optimizes energy and water use by balancing heat gain through the structure’s glazing to offset energy needed to reheat its interior and a series of green roof systems that manage storm water. Situated on a green site with accessible terraces, the hospital offers both patients and care providers natural areas of respite to promote overall health and well-being.

HKS has 26 offices and 1,500 employees around the world. A leader among international architecture and design firms, HKS is known for its innovative ability to create and deliver environments of distinction through award-winning architecture, planning, interior design, research and commitment to ESG (environmental, social and governance) in design.