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Monday, May 18, 2009

Children's Medical Center Legacy, Plano, Texas, United States

ZGF completes children's hospital designed to adapt to future change
The new Children’s Medical Center Legacy was conceived of as both a complement to the main campus of Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, and as a community-based hospital capable of serving the system’s patients closer to their north Dallas homes.

Designed for future flexibility (including an additional five-level, two-wing bed tower), the facility currently features three above-ground floors, plus a lower garden level, with 72 single-patient rooms and four operating rooms (an additional eight operating rooms have been shelled). Initial construction also includes full-service diagnostics with CT and MRI, an urgent / emergency care center, a lobby café, full-service cafeteria, chapel, gift shop, family resource center, and various patient and family lounges.

The design was heavily influenced by the client’s mission of providing patient-and-family-centered care and using nature, colour and daylight for their impact on healing. Patient rooms are full of light and have a residential character to their furnishings, cabinetry, and material palette. Numerous family waiting areas are interspersed throughout the hospital, all of which are colourful and situated near windows for panoramic views to the outdoors. An abundance of green space surrounds the building, along with a white rock creed outside the cafeteria / dining room and a tranquil lake on the north end of the site.

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