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Healing has a new home: Parkland Hospital

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Healing has a new home: Parkland Hospital

ALPOLIC® materials contribute to a life-affirming experience.

By ALPOLIC | September 15, 2016

The acute care facility cantilevers over the WISH.

One of the largest public hospitals in the nation, and the largest ever to be built in one phase, the new Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas opened to patients in August 2015. This AIA award-winning, LEED Gold certified building doubles the size of the old, overcrowded Parkland. It incorporates the most advanced design features to serve the clinical and human needs of practitioners, patients and visitors. And it features a remarkable design adorned by more than more than 4.5 acres of ALPOLIC® materials.

The project was designed by Corgan, one of the country’s top 10 architectural firms, in collaboration with HDR, one of the leading healthcare designers. Construction was done through a fast-track collaboration between HDR+Corgan and BARA, a joint venture of Balfour Beatty Construction, Austin Commercial, H.J. Russell and Azteca Enterprises.

The new Parkland provides a 2.8 million-square-foot campus that houses state-of-the-art clinical facilities plus 862 single-patient rooms with private bathrooms and plenty of space for visitors. Among many features that contribute to a calm, healing stay are the abundant natural lighting, verdant wellness gardens and a unique hallway and elevator layout that keeps noisy clinical and housekeeping activities “off stage,” leaving patient areas calm and uncongested.

The exterior resembles two skyscrapers tipped over on their side and intersecting each other in an “L” formation. The 17-story acute care tower cantilevers over a second 10-story tower that houses the WISH: the women, infant and specialty hospital. At the intersection is a 180-foot open span that allows for natural daylight to reach the NICU rooms below. It also opens up the flat surfaces of the building to provide an intriguing sense of dimensionality.

The design features extensive glazing complemented by almost 200,000 square feet of ALPOLIC®/fr aluminum composite material in a custom three-coat Kynar® finish of PEX Pewter Metallic. The ALPOLIC® material was fabricated by NOW Specialties using their NOW 3100 route-and-return dry system, a gasketed design that requires virtually no maintenance.

Despite the sheer size of the project, Edgar Sanchez of NOW Specialties recalls, “There were no problems with delivery, and the color match was phenomenal. We didn’t have any variations between batch one, two and three. We know in the industry, with a metallic color, you need to isolate that depending on the number of shipments, but this was perfect.”

That level of consistency, performance and delivery is no surprise to Nate DeVore, project architect for Corgan. “ALPOLIC® materials is in our master spec for a reason,” he says. “We trust them and we have a history with them. There are other products out there, but we’ve used ALPOLIC® materials in the past on several large products, and we know they can deliver. It’s always a great look, a great outcome.”


ALPOLIC® materials in a shimmering metallic finish


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