AUSTIN, Texas- (May 24, 2006) – The Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas (DCMCCT), a member of the Seton Family of Hospitals, is not yet complete but is already winning awards.
Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas and Karlsberger, the architectural firm designing the new hospital, have been awarded the American Institute of Architects Columbus Chapter (AIA Columbus), 2006 Designing Towards Sustainability Award. This annual awards competition honors outstanding sustainable architecture. There are two categories in the competition: unbuilt and completed projects. DCMCCT won in the unbuilt category.
“We are excited that the design and efforts behind this world class hospital-in-the-making are contributing to a new direction in healthcare,” said Alan Bell, Director of Design and Construction for the Seton Family of Hospitals.
DCMCCT is tracking to be the first hospital in the world to have Platinum status under the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) program, sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council, when it opens in June 2007.
The approximate 475,000 square foot, 170-bed facility hospital under construction was chosen for its efforts with designing a platinum-level LEED certified healthcare project. Other features that were noted were the hospital’s interior courtyards (described as the “lungs of the building”), the reuse of the materials from the existing site, as well as daylighting and natural materials.
“The materials used in the construction of this hospital are all native to Texas,” said Bell. “The seven courtyards exemplify seven specific eco-regions of the children who live in our 46-county service area. You’ll notice a part of many communities around Austin are going into the making of this facility.”
When completed, Dell Children’s will be three times larger than the current Children’s Hospital. The total cost of the project is $200 million.