- Adjacent to the Dallas Cowboys headquarters, the complex is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between a major healthcare provider, an NFL team, and a local school district to promote community health and well-being.
- The facility is open to all, welcoming patients ranging from non-athletes and student athletes to professional athletes and even the Dallas Cowboys themselves.
- The complex’s architecture and design enable patients to experience the full spectrum of physical performance – from injury prevention to training to healing and recovery – in one place.
- The complex illustrates ‘design convergence’ – a fusion of healthcare, science and technology, sports and recreation, workplace, branded environment, urban design, and civic architecture typologies.
From its retractable glass façade that opens to an indoor/outdoor football field to its light-filled strength training room surrounded by glass walls, the new Baylor Scott & White Health Sports Therapy & Research complex puts human health and sports performance on public display – and for good reason.
The 300,000-square-foot complex, which celebrates today its grand opening on the Dallas Cowboys-themed campus known as The Star, is an educational opportunity for visitors as much as it is a healthcare destination for recreational and professional athletes. Upon entering through the front doors, patients and visitors observe the science of athleticism and sports medicine and intuit the relationship between physical activity and well-being. Patients then have the opportunity to use the same facilities for their own healthcare needs. As a result, everyone comes away inspired by the combined brand power of the Dallas Cowboys and Baylor Scott & White Health, and motivated to improve their own health and fitness.
“The complex is designed to showcase the link between active lifestyles and physical health so that every visitor leaves feeling more informed and inspired,” says Ron Stelmarski, principal at architecture firm Perkins and Will and lead designer of the complex. “Wellness education and inspiration, coupled with a holistic approach to diagnosis, treatment, and recovery, promote the health and well-being of a community. The Sports Therapy & Research facility is a shining example of a new kind of architecture that supports the improvement of population health through physical fitness.”
Convergence: Blending Design Typologies
At the heart of this “new kind of architecture,” Stelmarski explains, is a convergence of healthcare, science and technology, sports and recreation, workplace, branded environment, urban planning and, to a certain extent, civic design (parts of the complex can be transformed into public gathering places for community events and performances). This melding of design typologies allows Baylor Scott & White Health to offer patients an innovative “one-stop-shop” approach to sports medicine and rehabilitation services, including sports nutrition, sports psychology, orthopedics, physical therapy, occupational therapy, neuropsychology, urgent care, surgery, a brain injury program, cardiology, outpatient imaging, and a pharmacy.
In alignment with the complex’s focus, the Gatorade Sports Science Institute, a leader in hydration and nutrition science, is housed on the complex’s second floor. Outside, a network of publicly accessible walk, run, and bike trails keeps the facility well-connected to the community and integrated with the surrounding Star campus.
“We’re seeing a fascinating trend emerge at the intersection of sports performance and healthcare design-one that we think could start a sea change in population health nationwide,” says Don Dethlefs, principal and chair of Perkins and Will’s sports, recreation, and entertainment practice. “In each case, our clients have shared one vision: help entire communities achieve holistic health by improving individuals’ physical fitness.”
Other Perkins and Will projects illustrating this trend include the PPL Center (opened in September 2014); the UCLA Health Training Center, home of the Los Angeles Lakers (opened in August 2017); the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross Athletic Center (opened in October 2017); the Snyder Center at Phillips Andover Academy (opened in January 2018); the Viking Pavilion at the Peter W. Stott Center at Portland State University (opened in April 2018); and Northwestern University’s Ryan Walter Athletics Center (set to open in August 2018).
Designing a Branded Experience
运动治疗和研究综合体包括篮球场、健身和力量训练室以及室内/室外运动场。 这些设施由Fusionetics提供支持，这是一个优化运动成绩、降低受伤风险和加速恢复的数字平台，使运动员能够以先进的方式进行训练和康复。 除了更衣室、游泳池和跳水室外，这些引人注目的、位置突出的体育设施（周围是透明的玻璃墙和供围观者的休闲休息区）允许观察整个康复过程.
同时，该综合体还旨在唤起力量感、耐用性和精确感——这些运动员在那里寻求治疗，以及提供护理的护理团队。 这是通过主要由混凝土、现代玻璃和金属组成的清晰、干净的材料调色板，以及互补的舒缓色调和丰富的自然光来实现的。 无遮挡的景色和轻松的户外交通营造出一种复兴和复兴的感觉。
在主入口附近，一群由彩绘金属制成的二维几何形状像纸屑一样悬挂在四层大厅的天花板上，象征着运动的流动性和身体的腿部。 他们的组织起初显得很武断，但经过仔细研究，不同的形状在视觉上凝聚在一起，形成了贝勒斯科特和白色健康标志。 该装置直观地引导客人前往一系列互动技术站，探索人体解剖学，以及运动相关损伤的康复计划。
Perkins 和 Will 品牌环境的主要全球领导者 Eileen Jones 表示：”这件作品的能量——部分艺术，部分品牌——颂扬了身体在运动中的可能性，以及所有作品和部件的互联性。 “这也是一个门户，游客和患者可以更多地参与有针对性的物理治疗和他们背后的研究。
运动治疗与研究综合体的设计反映了珀金斯和威尔对健康和福祉的长期承诺——这是公司最大的优势之一。 以开创性的行业创新而闻名，如预防列表、透明度网站、弹性建筑评级系统 RELi、与 Google 合作、健康建筑网络开发 Portico 以及采用 Fitwel、Perkins 和 Will 现已在定义和引领行业下一件大事：融合的轨道上。