Firm's role on the project: Architecture, Interiors, Planning, Programming, Sustainability
Forest Park Medical Center of Austin was designed to deliver state-of-the-art, quality healthcare through a five-star hospitality experience that is integrated into the landscape of the Texas Hill Country. The project has been owned and occupied by St. Davids in Austin since 2016.
The medical campus is on 9.5 acres within an overall 59-acre site that is anticipated to become an urban mixed-use community. Forest Park, which has been designed to achieve LEED Gold certification, includes a four-story medical office
building, four-story hospital and parking garage with a sculpture garden connecting the three buildings. Arrival onto the property is an orchestrated sequence of access and wayfinding, culminating in a grand yet hospitable sense of welcome.
The design of the Forest Park Medical Center embodies the regional culture of high-gloss technology while the vernacular aesthetic creates a character of elevated and eclectic sophistication. Patient and family-centric care units accommodate a total of 46 patient rooms, 12 of which were designated for VIP suites and six for intensive care. The patient rooms are oriented with views out to the serene Hill Country landscape and ‘Violet Crown’ sunsets in support of the environment designed to be conducive for the recovery process. The Sculpture Garden is an extension of the interior architecture into the landscape, by creating a series of outdoor “rooms” with shade and plantings varying in texture and seasonal color to aid in patient recovery. Comfortable, pedestrian-scaled, outdoor spaces for use by patients, visitors and employees provide access between the hospital, medical office building and garage.