Brain Performance Institute at The University of Texas at Dallas

, The Center for BrainHealth

Dallas, TX

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The new Center for BrainHealth’s Brain Performance Institute, part of The University of Texas at Dallas, was designed to stimulate, train and enhance the brain of each participant who visits the Center - and to dispel myths surrounding brain disorders. The 62,000-squarefoot building’s layout was informed by the brain itself, with the frontal lobe providing inspiration for the building’s iconic elliptical design. Enveloping the ellipse, the remaining façade features a rhythmic pattern of solid and void panels inspired by an EEG strip.

A variety of amenities are offered to meet the needs of varied participants, who range from athletes with repetitive head injuries to adolescents with ADHD and seniors with Alzheimer’s disease. Exterior greenspace and interactive zones are woven throughout the site to help in both healing and reactivation. Classrooms on the first level open up to a healing garden designed for yoga and meditation. The upper levels include additional training rooms, internet cafes and a variety of touch-down work spaces for visitors and family members.

One key component is the Warrior Lounge, an intimate room designed with valuable input from many veterans being treated for traumatic brain injuries and their families. Other unique elements include a Virtual Reality lab, MRI imaging clinic and a Telepresence Room which allows interactive training sessions to be broadcast world-wide. Cutting-edge transformative research will be generated within the functional MRI clinic which can be directly applied in the training programs on the floors above.

Building Facts

  • 62,000 SF