Project category: New construction (completed March 2005)

Chief administrator: Robert McFarlane, Principal, Trammell Crow Company, (214) 979-6100

Firm: Ascension Group Architects, (817) 226-1917

Design team: David Tooley, Principal-in-Charge (Ascension Group Architects); Walter Wilcox, Structural Engineer (LA Fuess Partners); Mike Ashcraft, MEP Engineer (Meinhardt USA); Britt Brignan, Civil Engineer (Pacheco Kock Engineering)

Photography: Tyler Adams

Total building area (sq. ft.): 45,200

Construction cost/sq. ft.: $144

Total construction cost (excluding land): $6,500,000

Reacting to recent population growth in the Dallas suburb of Garland, Texas, Baylor Medical Center of North Garland is a focal point along Garland's Highway 190 Corridor. The building's strong horizontal features and gentle curves contribute to Dallas's technology corridor, which has become one of the most intensely populated high-tech areas in the United States.

The complex is anchored by a 15,000-square-foot surgery center, which is a joint venture of Texas Health Ventures Group, Baylor Medical Center of North Garland, United Surgical Partners International, and 25 surgeons. The center primarily provides orthopedic and podiatric procedures but has a wide range of services, including: OB/GYN, general/vascular surgery, otolaryngology, plastic surgery, and pain management.

The design of the surgery center emphasizes the comfort of the patient by creating care areas with abundant natural light and space, while keeping back-of-house operations such as materials management and sterile processing completely segregated from the patient and treatment rooms. An efficient and flexible design provided the clinical staff with a spacious and workable staging area.

The remainder of the development houses a variety of services, including: an imaging suite; orthopedic and sports medicine; a general physician practice; ear, nose, and throat specialists; and allergy specialists to serve this growing suburban community.