Parkland Hospital



Vista Award Winner

HDR, in a joint effort with Corgan, designed the master plan of this new 64-acre health care campus, as well as 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 School of Medicine.

From its inception, the design for the hospital was about its relevance in connecting to the city’s urban fabric and importance as a civic anchor. Linear parks were used as major design elements for orientation and navigation.

The building massing, while iconic, is an honest expression of Parkland’s health care program and operational requirements. The simple yet dynamic bars of the patient towers were designed around a universal private patient room. An onstage/offstage circulation approach introduced a more welcoming human scale to the large facility while protecting patient privacy and dignity.

Delivered within an IPD model, the project was delivered on time and on budget.


At HDR, we believe that every health care environment should be as unique as its context. That’s why we embrace a deep understanding of our clients’ missions and then design with empathy for patient, family and staff experience.


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Parkland Hospital

Region: Region 7

Location: Dallas, TX

Square Footage: 2.1 Million

Cost: $1.27 Billion

Completed: November 2014

Firm: HDR


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