New Parkland Hospital

Parkland Hospital

New Parkland Hospital

Massive Dallas Hospital Replacement Connects with the City

The New Parkland Hospital is a $1.27 billion healthcare facility replacing the existing Parkland Memorial Hospital built in 1954. In a joint effort with Corgan, we led the design for a master plan of a new 64-acre healthcare campus, as well as for the 862-bed full-service acute care replacement hospital. The Parkland campus is located within the Southwestern Medical District and serves as a teaching hospital for the University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) School of Medicine.

Key features of Parkland Hospital include:

  • From its inception, the design for the New Parkland Hospital has been distinctly about this medical center’s relevance in connecting to the city’s urban fabric and importance as a civic anchor.
  • The combination of its physical relationship to multiple modes of public transportation and the incorporation of “linear parks” as major design elements for orientation and navigation established a strong developmental framework for the overall conceptual development.
  • The building massing, while iconic, is an honest expression of Parkland’s healthcare program and operational requirements.
  • The simple yet dynamic bars of the WISH and acute care bed towers were designed around a universal private patient room. The building size requires units be placed into clusters organized in communities that are centered on the patient and staff lifts.
  • The contextual relationship of the building to the modern Dallas skyline led to the use of a low-iron glass curtain wall system that uses dot frit patterns to create a distinctive gradient on the bed towers.
  • The base is defined by a tree graphic that at a distance transforms from a dense summer canopy on the western façade to a delicate branch pattern that covers the south-facing lobby. At closer inspection the tree graphic is created by the names of donors who contributed to this public building.
Parkland Hospital
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Dallas, TX
United States

2,100,000 sf (195,100 m²)
LEED Certified Gold


Finalist (2023)
Health and Wellness Category, Looking Back Awards
Dallas Architecture Forum
Highly Commended (2021)
Design Research Project
European Healthcare Design Awards
Vista Award (2021)
New Construction Category
American Society for Health Care Engineering
Great Places Award Honorable Mention (2020)
Environmental Design Research Association
Excellence in Design, Citation Award (2018)
Large Commercial Category
American Institute of Architects, Central States Region
Honor Award (2015)
Built Category
American Institute of Architects, Dallas Chapter
Building Team Awards (2015)
Gold Team Award
Building Design + Construction
Community Impact Award (2015)
Topping Out Awards
Merit Award (2015)
Built Category
American Institute of Architects, Nebraska Chapter
National Award of Excellence (2015)
Post-Tensioning Institute
Top Award (2015)
Topping Out Awards
Design Award (2015)
Texas Society of Architects