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Two Specialty Clinics for Texas Children’s Hospital

Page Southerland Page, Inc.

Posted: December 10, 2019 | Projects

Texas Children’s Hospital is a not-for-profit healthcare organization committed to creating a healthier future for children and women. It is consistently ranked as one of the best pediatric hospitals in the nation. The organization operates nearly a hundred facilities, primarily in the Houston metropolitan area, including multiple hospitals, research facilities, specialty care locations, primary care practices, and urgent care facilities. While working with multiple architecture and engineering teams, Texas Children’s maintains a cohesive brand by instilling design standards while simultaneously pushing for innovations on every project.

Outside light streams into the cast room of the Bellaire Specialty Care Clinic
(Photo Courtesy of ShaunLin Hon)

Texas Children’s Bellaire Specialty Care opened its doors in April of 2017, offering services in otolaryngology, orthopedics, X-ray, and audiology. Within the 11,850 square feet, there are 12 standard Exam Rooms, two Radiology Rooms, a cast room, and five specialty rooms for audiology including two sound booths, and a hearing aid fitting room. 

The design team for this project included HDR as the Architect and ccrd (now WSP) as the MEP Engineer with DPR serving as the General Contractor. The new clinic is a great example of how Texas Children’s continues to expand access to its high level of pediatric care and deliver a level of convenience not previously available to the area residents.

Beginning in 2018, Texas Children’s Hospital expanded into Austin, Texas with an Urgent Care center and, more recently, a Specialty Care location opening in October of 2018. 

The architect/engineer/interior designer for both facilities was Page, a multidisciplinary design firm with offices across the U.S., and the builder for the Specialty Care location was McCarthy Builders.

Many corridors of the Austin Specialty Care Clinic extend to the window wall providing abundant daylight
(Photo Courtesy of ShaunLin Hon)

Austin Specialty Care consists of build-out of a 23,000-square-foot floor of a new office building (excluding the core), with minor work on 2,000 square-feet of an adjacent floor in preparation for future work. 

Vibrant colors for wayfinding and custom murals depicting Austin landmarks were incorporated throughout the build out. Many corridors extend to the exterior window wall, providing abundant daylight deep into the facility and offering views of the surrounding neighborhood and treetops.

Medical specialties include allergy & immunology, cardiology, ophthalmology, pulmonology, radiology, echocardiography, and ultrasound. Additional specialties planned include endocrinology, gastroenterology, dermatology, optometry, and neurology. 

Flexibility and efficiency are integral to the design, with “touchdown” spaces for physicians and nursing staff strategically located throughout. Two types of basic exam rooms provide consistency for users and allow spillover into other specialty areas during busy times. Support spaces include telemedicine rooms for instant connectivity with Houston medical colleagues, several treatment rooms, a laboratory, waiting areas, administrative offices and conference rooms.

In order to deliver the project quickly, architect/engineer Page and contractor McCarthy worked closely with Texas Children’s Hospital to develop a compressed schedule for design, construction and occupancy. 

Through early research, the design team took advantage of a then-newly-released expedited review process with the City of Austin, and a permit was issued after just one week of review. Calvin Silva with McCarthy recalled, “The entire team had an all-in attitude from the start. It felt as if each team member was completely invested and committed to the successful completion of the project. We were faced with challenges—as with any construction project—but the team addressed them very quickly as they arose, with the best interest of the client in mind.”

Both facilities have been extraordinarily well-received in their communities. Nurses and Providers have commented on the Austin location, “We love the design of this clinic. It is so open and bright.” Others noted that, “It’s fresh and new, yet it still feels like a Texas Children’s facility,” referring to Texas Children’s Hospital’s use of bold colors to be child- and adolescent-friendly without being too juvenile. The project has already received an Outstanding Construction Award from the Austin Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).

There are many similarities between the Austin and Bellaire facilities, including painted walls, vinyl flooring, casework, standard 2x4 ceilings, and colorful painted soffits and accent walls for wayfinding. The construction costs for the two facilities are within 6% of each other, despite having been designed and built by different teams in different cities approximately 18 months apart. 

The latter facility (Austin) was lower cost, which may be due, at least partially, to the fact that it is twice the size of the Bellaire facility. These similarities demonstrate the strength of Texas Children’s Hospital’s facility strategy of maintaining a cohesive brand by instilling design standards while simultaneously pushing for innovations on every project.

Interior: Georgia Pacific, CertainTeed
Flooring: Mannington, Interface
Lighting: Lithonia, Juno, Delray, Teron, Kenall, Buck

Page Southerland Page, Inc.
1100 Louisiana Street, #1
Houston, TX 77002

Structural Engineer 
5113 Southwest Parkway, #295
Austin, TX 78735

Mechanical Engineer
Page Southerland Page, Inc.
400 W. Cesar Chavez Street, #500
Austin, TX 78701

General Contractor
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
3800 Buffalo Speedway, #250
Houston, TX 77098

10642 W. Little York Road, #200
Houston, TX 77041

Date Bid: Mar 2018
Construction Period: Apr 2018 to Sep 2018          
Total Square Feet: 25,000
Site: N/A
Number of Buildings: One; 2 floor interior build-out.

Building Sizes: Second floor, 2,000; third floor, 23,000; total, 25,000 square feet.  
Building Height: Second floor, 9’; third floor, 9’; floor to floor, 14’4”.
Basic Construction Type: II B/Tenant Build-Out.
Foundation: N/A. 
Exterior Walls: N/A.
Roof: N/A.
Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall, lead lining at radiation room.

Click here to view the full cost details for these projects in the November/December 2019 issue of DCD