Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Lakeway

Lakeway, TX

Project Description

Located within a greenfield medical and mixed-use development, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Lakeway 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).