North Texans will soon have a new destination for sports medicine and athletic training when the 300,000-square-foot Sports Therapy and Research Center opens in early 2018.

The sports performance, research, and wellness center is located adjacent to the Dallas Cowboys’ new world headquarters in Frisco, Texas, and is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between the Dallas Cowboys and Baylor Scott & White Health (Dallas) that’s expected to serve up to 50,000 visitors annually.

Designed by Perkins+Will (Dallas office), the 9-story building on the 91-acre “The Star in Frisco” campus will house outpatient imaging, surgery, urgent care, medical office space, and a pharmacy.

Additionally, the facility will house a street-level Sports Performance Center that features an indoor/outdoor playing field, basketball court, and training, research, and rehabilitation areas. The facility will cater to the training needs of athletes of all levels, including students, hobbyists, and professionals, and will include both shared amenities and VIP locker rooms.

The building is designed to invoke a sense of strength, durability, and precision. The glass and metal façade gives patients clear views and easy access to the outdoors, as well as provides views to the activity within for the campus community. Exterior sunshades reduce glare for occupants and help ensure a comfortable temperature indoors.

Additionally, a network of publicly accessible walk, run, and bike trails outside the facility keeps it well-connected and integrated with the surrounding campus.

The project team includes MEDCO Construction (Dallas; construction firm), CBRE (Los Angeles; owner’s representative), WSP/ccrd Partners (Montreal; MEP engineering), LA Fuess Partners Inc. (Dallas; structural engineering), Kimley-Horn (Raleigh, N.C.; civil engineering), and CallisonRTKL (Dallas; medical equipment planning).