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Institutional | PARKLAND HEALTH & HOSPITAL SYSTEM
PARKLAND HEALTH & HOSPITAL SYSTEM ADDS A FACILITY FOR A GROWING POPULATION. BY ALAN DORICH
ince 1894, Parkland has established a legacy of healthcare in Dallas County, Texas. Now, the hospital plans to move to a new facility that will allow it to continue serving patients’ medical needs. Walter Jones, Parkland’s senior vice president of facilities, says the $1.27 billion campus is being built across the street from the hospital’s current location, which has long been overcrowded. When the original facility was built in 1954, it only served half the patients that it has today. The finished facility, he explains, will cover 2.5 million square feet and house 865 private rooms, 27 surgery suites and 108 emergency examination spaces. Construction started last year, and the project is expected to be finished in the fall of 2014. The new hospital has been in development since the late 1990s, Jones says. In a November 2008 bond election, the voters of Dallas County agreed to fund $747 million of the $1.27 billion project. “We had an overwhelming 82 percent approval from the Dallas County voters,” he says.
Centered on Healing
The construction manager for Parkland is BARA, a joint venture team of various construction firms: Balfour Beatty Construction, Austin Commercial, H.J. Russell & Co. and Azteca Enterprises. So far, 15 percent of the project is finished, which includes the topping out of the new hospital’s parking deck. Additionally, the project team has finished the concrete for nine floors of a patient tower, and the majority of a four-story podium that the tower will sit on. Parkland will begin using the new parking deck in January, so an existing garage can be demolished to make way for part of a new patient tower and clinic building as part of the new construction. Jones says he is proud of how the project has been organized. For instance, the contractors have moved into a nearby co-location site where they have “garnered a lot of efficiency, collaboration, cooperation and benefits for me as an owner,” he says. “We’re on schedule and under budget, and I think it’s due to the way that these firms have been able to collaborate over this long period of time,” Jones continues. “We have been able to achieve a lot of the goals.” Although the New Parkland Hospital is an academic medical center, the design has a net to gross efficiency of most community hospitals, Jones says. “We’re very happy that we’re able to achieve that,” he says. “That saves us money [and] we are able to keep the cost of the construction very competitive and very low compared to other academic medical centers,” he says. “We’ve been able to provide a very pleasant environment for our patients. Our goal is to make a patient-centered healing environment.” Parkland’s construction has not been without its challenges, Jones admits. “This may be the largest greenfield healthcare project in the country, both in terms of size and cost,” he declares, explaining that the scope makes it more complex. Another challenge is the evolving health world. The facility will not move in patients until 2015, and a lot can happen in four years. “The world of healthcare [is in] a constant flux,” he says. “We don’t know what healthcare is going to do.”
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Bernards Construction – El Capitan High School
Bogner Construction Co. – College of Wooster Scot Center
Jean McClung Middle School
Hellas Sports Construction
The Walsh Group – NOAA Pacific Regional Headquarters
Haskell Co. – Scripps Proton Therapy Center
Robert A. Bothman Inc. – Stockton Unified School District
JE Dunn – Energy Systems Integration Facility
Rosendin Electric – AVUHSD Solar Project
Ratcliff Construction Company – Crossroads Church
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Flintco Pacific – Calaveras County Adult Detention Facility
Lee Lewis Construction – Angelo State University’s Plaza Verde Student Housing
Manhattan Construction – First Baptist Church of Dallas
Market & Johnson – Eau Claire County Courthouse project
McTech Corp – 97th Military Police Battalion Headquarters
Parkland Health & Hospital System
Central Building and Preservation – Randolph Tower City Apartments
Scaparotti Construction Group
Trinity Properties – Trinity Place
Advanced Real Estate Services
Lawrence B. Wohl Inc./Wohl Diversified Services
TN Ward and Commercial Interiors – Maryland Live
ASX Construction – Parc Lafayette
Bayland Buildings Inc.
Dependable Mechanical Systems
New Dawn Developments
Aquilini Development and Construction Inc.
Cobalt Construction – Meta Housing
Pratt and Associates LLC
MP J.J. Duffy Joint Venture/Pathway Senior Living LLC – Victory Centre Vernon Hills
Aecom/Inima Joint Venture – Hialeah, Fla., Water Treatment Plant
MWH Constructors – Austin Water Treatment Plant No. 4
Pepper-Lawson Construction – Missouri City Surface Water Treatment Plant
MWH Constructors – AWT Improvements
Blount Contracting Inc.
Harbor Offshore Services
Cruz Construction Inc.
Nova-Con Projects Ltd.
EllisDon Corp. – Atlantic Region
EllisDon Corp. – St. Joseph's Regional Mental Health Care
Intercom Services Immobiliers
George Brown College – New Waterfront Campus
Seaside Transportation Services
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