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Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas – Austin, Texas
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The world’s first LEED Platinum medical facility and first LEED for Healthcare Platinum project, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas emphasizes the restorative powers of nature through sustainable design that includes innovative healing spaces. An interior courtyard features themed environments reflecting the biodiversity of Central Texas via plant species representing the six ecoregions within the hospital’s 46-county service area.
Defined by passive and active spaces, a three-acre healing garden includes a labyrinth, human sundial, butterfly garden, floating granite ball fountain, reflecting pond, fish pond incorporating recycled glass and multimedia movie plaza.
Expansion efforts included a third bed tower that was completed in the summer of 2013; TBG played an integral role in this effort, which included a new healing garden between the two southernmost towers, a memorial plaza with integrated donor naming opportunities for fundraising, and new main entry landscape.
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: Jaime Vickrey, Jeff Raudabaugh, Brittany Andrews, Kelli Taylor and Justin Lindabury
- 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