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Planning for Medical School Districts

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We help academic institutions change campus challenges into resounding opportunities.

One of the major issues facing America today is the state of our healthcare system and the cost of care. Multiple factors are driving changes to health-based care and education. One example is the dramatic consumer acceptance of telemedicine in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Page teams plan and design academic medical districts that enhance the opportunity for integrated clinical-practice education and support a continuum-of-care clinical model. Our interdisciplinary approach to placemaking responds to the growing importance that students, clinicians, researchers and patients put on quality of place.

As public-public and public-private partnerships have become more important, our creative integration of partnership strategies into our planning has helped institutions become more flexible and resilient.

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Enhancing collaboration through campus design

The University of Texas at Austin Medical School District Master Plan included a new academic medical campus intended to innovate opportunities for collaboration among education, clinical services and research activities. The plan also accommodated long-term growth for education, clinical services, research and partnerships. To enhance collaboration, the Page design team created a tight urban environment for the first phase.

Distant shot of multiple buildings in a medical school district including a bridge over a then-dry creekbed
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Today, the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin has reinvented medical education around a model of integrated clinical practice, with a focus on a continuum of care. Its specialty clinics have transformed healthcare delivery into an integrated, team-based approach that eliminates waiting rooms and focuses on patient goals for health.

3D plan of Austin Medical District
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Planning and design as a change agent

The redesign of an aging mental hospital and its 95-acre campus is being led by a collaboration between the state Health and Human Services Commission and nearby medical school in partnerships with community-oriented groups like the National Alliance for Mental Illness. In addition to transforming brain health treatment and education, the goal included redevelopment of the inner Austin neighborhood to be inclusive of nearby residents.

Aerial rendering of planned Austin State Hospital Brain Health Campus with abundant green space between buildings
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Rendering of people walking past an attractive glass-clad mental health facility set on an urban block.
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The planning and design process for the new State Hospital Brain Health Campus to become the center of academic and clinical education for medical students engaged participants in exploration of how infrastructure could transform their clinical approach, implement a continuum of care and provide opportunities for other mental health service partners to co-locate on the site.

Creating environments to promote wellness and productivity

The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) is one of the leading public health-sciences universities in the United States. Although UCSF had grown to encompass three large campuses, its original Parnassus campus, set in the midst of a highly urbanized, largely residential neighborhood, had grown haphazardly to more than 3.7 million square feet of facilities. This update to the campus plan identified issues such as inadequate public spaces; challenging wayfinding; uncomfortable external spaces due to wind, fog and traffic conflicts; and a lack of sense of place.

Rendering of a college campus
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The updated plan included recommendations on land and building use as well as landscape and open space guidelines. New or renovated facilities would include the aging hospital, which no longer meets state seismic requirements, and new development to accommodate research, student, faculty and staff housing. Improvements to streetscapes, including a new signature urban plaza, were also included.

"We shape our buildings; thereafter, they shape us." - Winston Churchill

  • 578,000 SF IN DELL MEDICAL SCHOOL PHASE 1
  • $500 MILLION INITIAL GRANT TO JUMPSTART UCSF PARNASSUS MEDICAL DISTRICT REDEVELOPMENT
  • $305 MILLION ESTIMATED AUSTIN STATE HOSPITAL REPLACEMENT FACILITY COST
  • 3 YEARS TIME FROM MASTER PLAN ADOPTION TO PHASE ONE COMPLETION

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The stories of our institutions are stories of change

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“Things change. The choice is not whether to change, but whether to drive change or to be driven by it. Our campuses and our buildings can be powerful instruments to effect the change we want to see.”

Ryan Losch AIA, AICP

Page Associate Principal / Urban Designer

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