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Dallas, Texas — Beginning as a simple clapboard building in 1894, Parkland Hospital steadily grew into the premier, full-scale medical facility of Dallas. Famous for being the hospital John F. Kennedy was brought to after being fatally shot on Nov. 22, 1963, Parkland Hospital is better known locally for its many years of dedicated medical service.
Despite its iconic role in history, age finally caught up with the hospital as it slowly became too outdated and undersized to adequately care for its many patients. To rectify the hospital’s problem, construction began in 2010 on a $1.27 billion replacement — the New Parkland Hospital — an undertaking more than twice the size of its predecessor.
Spanning over 2 million square feet and 18 stories, the completion of New Parkland Hospital required the combined efforts of BARA, a joint venture between Balfour Beatty Construction, Austin Commercial, H.J. Russell & Co., and Azteca Enterprises, and architects from both HDR and Corgan.
Together, the companies developed designs for a state-of-the-art facility featuring 862 full-service rooms, cutting-edge medical technology, a stand-alone clinic, parking structures, and several support facilities. The team also aimed to “put the park back in Parkland” by designing a campus-like maze of landscaped paths, gardens, and green space to surround the complex.
From a distance, the hospital itself appears as if two skyscrapers fell from the sky and landed horizontally on top of one another. Despite its many amenities, advanced technologies, and sheer scope, New Parkland’s most recognizable feature is the bold design that fashions the building’s exterior (see photo). BARA teamed up with specialists from Morin and ALPOLIC to formulate exterior metal applications clad in Valspar coatings to obtain the hospital’s unique façade.
Morin provided New Parkland Hospital with a beautiful exterior wall system consisting of MX 1.0 Matrix Series Panels and Flat Concealed Fasteners covered in a Grey Metallic color of Valspar’s Fluropon coating.
Valspar’s Fluropon is the industry standard for architectural coatings, and offers resistance to weathering, fading, and chalking. Fluropon coatings contain 70 percent PVDF resins resulting in outstanding protection against dirt and staining as well as exceptional color consistency and retention.
ALPOLIC supplied 198,783 square feet of aluminum composite material (ACM) to construct the exterior rain screen. The 4mm ALPOLIC/fr-RF aluminum panels were adorned with Valspar’s Valflon, a highly durable fluropolymer (FEVE) resin-based coating, in the color PEX Metallic Pewter. Valspar’s Valflon offers New Parkland Hospital a unique blend of durability features as well as an ability to produce high-gloss, vivid colors that provide an eye-catching look that will keep the facility operating in fashion for many years.
On Aug. 20, 2015, New Parkland Hospital welcomed its first patients. Over the course of several days, 600 patients were transferred from the old hospital into the new complex, a process Parkland staff had been coordinating for more than a year. Now fully operational, New Parkland has the capacity, technology, and structural design to fully care for its patients and look good doing it for many years to come.