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Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas – Austin, Texas
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Envisioned as a model of sustainability, Dell Children’s, the world’s first LEED Platinum medical facility, emphasizes the therapeutic powers of evidence-based design through innovative healing spaces that foster wellness.
The facility sits on 32 acres that originally were part of the Mueller Municipal Airport, representing one of Austin’s largest redevelopment efforts. The hospital’s six interior courtyard environments reflect the biodiversity of Central Texas through plant species representing the six ecoregions within the hospital’s 46-county service area.
TBG is currently working on the four-year-old hospital’s first major expansion, which includes a new 72-bed tower for patients.
Designed for active play for children of all ages, the peek-a-boo wall is a vibrantly painted maze incorporating circular walls at varying heights.
While the labyrinth evokes cathedral floor mosaics to create a site for meditation, the healing garden’s sundial is a more active space encouraging patients to use their own shadows to tell the time.
As the healing garden wraps around the hospital’s outer edge, play elements include a floating stone fountain and concrete puzzle-piece play features that double as seating for the outdoor movie plaza.
Constructed of recycled glass and locally quarried granite, the serpentine stream advances the hospital’s sustainable agenda while creating aural tranquility for patients, families and healthcare workers.
Project team: Kelli Taylor, Jessica Vonderau, Blaine Weinheimer, Brian Ott, Elliott Doerle, Travis Crow
- 32-acre hospital at the Robert Mueller Airport redevelopment in Austin, Texas
- First hospital in the world to achieve LEED Platinum certification
- Incorporates a greywater irrigation system, green roofs, water features and whimsical elements like a peek-a-boo wall
- A reclaimed water irrigation system significantly reduces potable water needs
- Regionally appropriate native and adaptive plants utilizing drip irrigation, in addition to synthetic turf, minimize irrigation needs