Services: Architecture, Medical Planning, Space Planning, Interior Design, Medical Equipment Planning, Clinical Technology Consulting, Artwork Consulting
Size: 715,000 sq. ft.
Location: Dallas, Texas
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center | William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital Tower 3 Expansion
The William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital (CUH) is the centerpiece of the nationally acclaimed UT Southwestern Medical Center. The new tower will house 292 beds for neurology, brain, spine, and oncology services, and will increase the total number of inpatient beds from 460 to 752. Expansion strategies were incorporated winthin the original design to allow future growth and to reduce disruptions to ongoing operations.
The facility was designed with two primary components: a podium and the tower. The podium incorporates modular planning principles to effectively house all diagnostic and treatment departments as well as major support services with a distinct separation of flow between visitor, staff/patient and support services. The modular principles are enhanced by incorporating uninterrupted corridors running north-south allowing disciplined expansion pathways. The tower incorporates a serrated configuration with elevator cores at each bend. The benefit of such a design is to reduce nursing footsteps, bring supplies and service closer to the bedside, reduce the effects of noise, and ultimately to increase hours of direct nursing care per day. This configuration also creates a repetitive pattern that is easily expandable.