Lakeway Regional Medical Center
Located within a greenfield medical and mixed-use development, Lakeway Regional Medical Center serves as the primary acute care hospital for this community just west of Austin. The site for this 274,000-square-foot facility is spectacular and affords patients, staff and visitors exceptional views to the Central Texas landscape. The site also created design challenges with contours which drop over 80 feet on an 8.6-acre hillside site – particularly since a facility of this size would normally require 25 acres. The building massing takes advantage of this slope by providing separate access points on different levels for the main entry, emergency center, outpatient surgery, service dock and staff entry, creating intuitive wayfinding for the facility. Each of the lower levels has access to landscaped courtyards and views to a man-made water feature that abuts the site.
The medical center’s distinctive palette of materials and color was derived from the owner’s desire for a facility which felt more like a hotel than a hospital and which would embody the latest in sustainable design concepts. The project has achieved both LEED Silver certification and a 3-star rating from Austin Energy Green Building (AEGB).
The architectural response is multifaceted, but finds its inspiration in both the local landscape and the newest sustainable technologies. Natural materials are used throughout. Landscaping around the building was configured to optimize daylighting inside, as well as to provide shaded gardens and water features that enhance the hospitality ambiance. Garden spaces provide an escape from the stresses of being in a hospital. What best defines this facility is the seamless integration of natural themes with advanced technology and cost-effective infrastructure systems.
The design team placed the hospital into the natural beauty and features of the Lakeway area by utilizing local stone and precast in colorations seen across the sedimentation of the Central Texas Hill Country. Creation of a strong sense of regionalism through materials was balanced with the selection of materials with high recycled content and above all else, materials with an emphasis on creating a healthy healing environment.
Key to the building program is the ability for the facility to expand, because the Lakeway community has experienced a steady growth pattern for over a decade that is expected to continue. The facility initially includes 106 licensed beds with shell space to accommodate an additional 40 beds. The hospital has been designed to permit lateral expansion at each level as well as vertical expansion for additional inpatient beds. Lakeway Regional provides a full continuum of both inpatient and outpatient services including cardiology, obstetrics, oncology, and orthopedics, as well as a full array of diagnostic and treatment services, such as an emergency department/urgent care clinic planned for up to 40,000 visits per year.
“Lakeway Regional Medical Center.” Healthcare Design Magazine Architectural and Interior Design Showcase, September 2013.
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