ARLINGTON, Texas — Ascension Group Architects recently completed the $82-million Forest Park Medical Center Southlake in Southlake, Texas. The hospital, in a booming area of Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, opened recently with 54 beds and 12 operating rooms.
The 141,700-square-foot hospital boasts three levels and structure for two floors in the future, said Rod Booze, managing principal of Arlington, Texas-based Ascension.
“It also features six intensive care unit beds and 48 medical/surgical beds, including 10 family suites with adjacent sleep rooms to accommodate guests,” Booze said. “Forest Park Southlake has two endoscopy/special procedure suites; full-service imaging, MRI and CT scans and a fully staffed emergency department.”
The project will be LEED Silver certified, with one of the hospital’s most-unique features the rooftop garden, visible from nearly all patient rooms and accessible from patient floors.
Developers are LandPlan Development and the Neal Richards Group, the latter of which also developed Forest Park Medical Center Dallas and the Forest Park Medical Center Frisco. Neal Richards Group is also developing Forest Park Medical Center projects under way in Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin, Texas.
Several Forest Park projects, including the Southlake medical center, have won awards for their designs.
“We always want to stay true to the original integrity and vision of Forest Park Medical Center,” said Derrick Evers, CEO of Dallas-based Neal Richards Group. “It’s our job, as the developer, to allow certain things in the facility to remain sacred while also personalizing the project to be unique to the community of Southlake.”
Adolfson & Peterson Construction’s Richardson, Texas, office is the general contractor of the Southlake project.
Plans also call for an attached 80,000-square-foot medical office building on the Southlake campus, which is scheduled to open in spring 2014 and will be designed by the Dallas office of GSR Andrade Architects. There also will be space available for more medical office buildings in the future.