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Parkland WISH Clinic

4-story, 135,000 SF, women and infant specialty hospital clinic

5200 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas, Texas 75235

Program

Healthcare, 135,000 SF

Build

New

Interior Finish

LEED Gold

Client

Parkland Health and Hospital

Service

Design Interior Architect

This women’s and infant’s specialty health clinic was conceived to be an ideal setting for an institution specializing in providing women’s health care services at every stage of life. It is part of the new $1.3 billion Dallas County’s Parkland Hospital building and was the first public hospital to join the Pebble Project, a research initiative by The Center for Health Design documenting Evidence-Based Design. The design considered the humanistic and traumatic experiences that brought Parkland's patients, a substantial percentage of which came from at-risk communities, to seek healthcare which guided aesthetic decisions such as of material selection, proportion of spaces, and security from abusive threat.

The design began with the consideration of the experimental issues pertinent to a gender-focused healthcare environment which may see anguish of an abusive relationship, sorrow from the loss of a newborn, and joy of a healthy childbirth, among other complex emotional aspects unique to a female patient demographic. In response, the design sought to create a secure, warm, caring, and healing environment for patients using hospitable, durable, and sustainable materials applied to a consistent and recurring theme of spatial geometry.

Soft, curvilinear forms define the ceiling and suggest a sensible clarity to the spatial organization, directing patients to places of waiting, areas of transaction, and paths to treatment rooms. The lyrical ceiling lines set in motion a dynamic interplay with the backdrop of well-appointed translucent colors on orthogonal rigid walls.

The architecture provides an aesthetic patient experience without compromising operational efficiency. The off-stage staff support areas were designed to minimize errors and to enable the medical staff to perform their duties in a healthy working environment with generous access to natural daylight. Caring to apply an intellectual and artistic rigor, the architecture has improved the personal and emotional outlook of both patient and staff, elevating the overall healthcare services delivered.

Awards

2015 Topping Out Award

Publications

Healthcare Design Magazine, October 2015

“Photo Tour: WISH Clinic At New Parkland”, Kristin D. Zeit

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