The New Parkland

Our county now boasts one of the largest hospitals in the world.

The new Parkland Memorial Hospital opened its doors to patients on August 20, seven years after voters approved a bond package to help build it. For $1.3 billion, Dallas County got a 2.8 million-square-foot, 862-bed hospital on a 64-acre campus. With $80 million spent on digital technology, it is now one of the most advanced hospitals in the country, a huge upgrade from the old Parkland, which was built in 1954 and was basically falling apart. The new building, designed by HDR + Corgan, is certified LEED Gold. To handle the Texas sun, its windows use a low-iron glass that is tinted gray and covered with a digitally printed pattern consisting of donors’ names and the outlines of trees. Corgan claims it is the largest digitally printed glass building in the world.

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