Parkland Hospital’s new 1.9 million sq ft (3.5 million campus wide) replacement hospital for Dallas County is now well past the halfway point. Construction crews are working hard on both the interior and exterior build outs. The new campus will finish construction in the winter of 2014 with a 862-bed adult inpatient hospital, a 100+ exam room Emergency Department, an outpatient clinic building, a parking garage, central utility plant and logistics building. The campus also includes two large employee parking lots located near the DART Green line light rail station.
The Mitchell Associates/focusEGD project team (Mitchell/focus) toured the site last month. Since then, glass is now up on roughly half of the 17-story acute tower, while the 9-story Women’s and Infants’ Specialty Health (WISH) tower is beginning its journey up out of the ground. Framing is in place throughout most interior hallways while patient restrooms, which are pre-fabricated and finished out in a nearby warehouse, are being lifted into the tower daily and set in place.
Mitchell/focus has been working on Parkland for over a year and a half now. In that time, the team has successfully completed graphics for the campus’ new Tower Garage, which is already open and serving patients and visitors to the existing hospital. Graphics for the garage were so well received that focusEGD was asked to replicate the themes and signage elements for an existing patient/visitor garage near the existing Emergency department. These projects were completed while the team also authored a special sign district ordinance for exterior elements, which is moving through the review process at the City of Dallas. Sign elements are into construction documentation.