The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has named the Parkland Moody Outpatient Center a 2023 Healthcare Design Award winner.
The annual awards showcase “the best of healthcare building design and recognize cutting-edge designs that help solve aesthetic, civic, urban, and social problems while also being functional and sustainable,” according to the AIA.
“Receiving national recognition from the American Institute of Architects for the Moody Outpatient Center is a significant achievement,” said John Wilson, AIA, CHFM, SASHE, Director of Planning, Design and Construction at Parkland Health. “It validates Parkland’s vision for advancing health equity through excellence as a public health system through a prestigious award that measures design for equitable communities, ecosystems, energy, well-being and change adaptability.”
Open to patients in 2021, the six-story, roughly 484,000-square-foot building on the main Parkland campus houses numerous specialty clinics including the Moody Center for Breast Health, diabetes, internal medicine and infectious disease, among others. The center also includes an outpatient pharmacy.
“The fact that it’s built on a former parking lot, adjacent to public transportation, is remarkable,” commented an award juror. “It brings dignity to the patients it serves, is sophisticated, and brings standardization to another level.”
Moody was designed by architecture firm HKS in close collaboration with Parkland leadership to effectively consolidate several clinics previously located in outdated facilities across Dallas County. Moody’s design includes a clinic module that works for each of the specialty clinics although each is very different. The building layout also prioritizes accessibility, circulation and natural lighting provided by its glass exterior.
“Moody replaced an aging facility and a lease space that was less than a third of the size needed to provide proper patient access for breast cancer patients.,” added Wilson. “By consolidating 24 disparate clinics on the main campus, Parkland provided enhanced access in a sustainable and change-ready facility to meet the healthcare needs of a growing population in Dallas County.”
Construction of the Moody Center was supported by $40 million in philanthropic donations to the Parkland Foundation, anchored by a $15 million gift from the Moody Foundation.