Program: A single-story, 6,200-square-foot facility for emergency and urgent care, two services that are usually separated. The freestanding structure includes private patient rooms, special treatment rooms, trauma and radiology suites, a lab, and staff lounges.

Design concept and solution: To strike a reassuring note for patients in distress, the architects wanted the building to project strength on the exterior and tranquillity inside. Since they were joining emergency and urgent care under one roof, they sought to balance openness with privacy; they wanted to keep the emergency patients separate from those seeking care for routine ailments, but without walling off parts of the program. Using load-bearing wood construction and wood trusses in much of the brick-clad structure, the architects opted for steel columns for the lobby and waiting area, where they needed the largest open spaces. To separate the emergency and urgent care departments, they used the nurses' station as a divider and sent the patient traffic on separate courses: two urgent-care corridors run east to west, parallel to each other, whereas the emergency-care corridor runs north-south, at the rear of the building. The urgent-care hallways are dotted with skylights, and no place in the building lacks a view to a window or the sky. To contrast with the no-nonsense brick exterior—which is capped with a sharp-angled zinc-clad roof plane—the architects chose interior finishes for their friendliness. Diamond-polished integral-color concrete floors further lighten the indoors by reflecting daylight, and translucent resin panels in shades of green brighten the main spaces, from reception and triage to the laboratory and nurses' station.


Total construction cost: $1.2 million



Legacy ER



5G Studio Collaborative
800 Jackson Street, Suite 500, Dallas, Texas 75202
Phone: 214.670.0050
Fax: 214.670.0052

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:

Yen Ong, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP (Principal Architect)

Hoang Dang, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP (Design Principal)
James Warton, Associate AIA, LEED AP (Project Designer)
Alesha Calvert, ASID (Interior Designer)
Warren Lieu (Technical Designer)


Interior designer:

5G Studio Collaborative



Structural Engineer: Armstrong-Douglass Partners

MEP Engineer: Telios

Civil Engineer: Helmberger Associates



Landscape: 5G Studio Collaborative

Lighting: 5G Studio Collaborative


General contractor:

Huffman Builders



Charles Davis Smith, AIA


CAD system, project management, or other software used:

Autodesk AutoCAD 2007
37signals Basecamp
Rhinoceros Rhino3D



Exterior cladding

Masonry: Interstate Brick

Metal/glass curtainwall: Kawneer

Concrete: TXI (Integral Colored Concrete), Amerete (Concrete Polishing)

EIFS, ACM, or other: VM Zinc



Other: Firestone TPO



Aluminum: Kawneer



Glass: PPG

Skylights: PPG



Entrances: Kawneer


Interior finishes

Paneling: 3Form (Resin Panel)

Floor and wall tile (cite where used): Daltile (Restrooms)



Interior ambient lighting: Se'Lux

Task lighting: Day-Brite, Lumen Art

Exterior: Bega