AUSTIN, Texas (April 26, 2007) – When the Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas opens for business in late June of this year, patients and their families will be sheltered by more than 800 tons of Texas Red Sandstone, supplied by Texas Stone Products of Lometa.
“As far as building material, this type of stone is very important in the history of Texas,” said Byron Davis, one of the owners of Texas Stone Products. “It’s a very deep maroon with wisps of smoky black lines. Really beautiful, really special.”
When completed, Dell Children’s will measure one-half million square feet-three times the size of the current Children’s Hospital in Austin-and will combine state-of-the-art clinical facilities with a design philosophy focused on a total healing environment.
“Since ancient times, humans have been aware of the fact that a patient’s environment can assist in the healing process,” said Bob Bonar, president and CEO of Dell Children’s Hospital. Bonar points out that sculpture, paintings, plants, light, and sound all play a profound role in the healing process.
Because a majority of patients at Dell Children’s will come from the Lone Star State, the overall design, including the landscaping and building materials, will incorporate Texas’ regional ecosystems and native culture.
For example, Dell Children’s will utilize a “healing garden” complete with a labyrinth, human sundial, reflecting pool and bridge, as well as seven self-contained eco-systems, each corresponding to a distinct area of the 46-county Central Texas region that the hospital will serve.
The sandstone that Texas Stone Products is supplying to Dell Children’s originally comes from a quarry in West Texas.
“It was a favorite of the legendary architect James Riley Gordon,” Davis pointed out. Texas Red Sandstone has been used in several of Texas’ renowned county courthouses including the Bexar County Courthouse, the Waxahachie County Courthouse, and the Dallas County Courthouse.