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Project name: Baylor
Sports Therapy and
Research at The Star
Project completion date:
June 2018
Owner: Blue Star
Development
Total building area:
306,147 gross sq. ft.
Total construction cost:
$96.6 million
Cost/sq. ft.: $315
Architecture: Perkins+Will
Interior design:
Perkins+Will
Contracting: MEDCO
Engineering: Kimley
Horn (civil/landscape),
LA Fuess Partners
(structural), WSP (MEP)
Construction: MEDCO
Carpet/flooring: Shaw,
Knetix, Mohawk;
Armstrong, Mannington
(resilient floor tile); Altro,
Mannington (resilient
sheet floor)
Materials: Concept
Surfaces, Knoxtile,
Walker Zanger, American
Terrazzo, Dupont,
Caesarstone, Silestone,
Chemetal, Formica,
Laminart, Nevamar,
Wilsonart, Schluter

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"A major driver behind this project is the promotion of community health and well-being,"
he says. "At the heart of this is a new kind of
architecture that represents a convergence of
healthcare, science and technology, sports and
recreation, hospitality, workplace, branded
environments, and, to a certain extent, civic
design, as parts of the Frisco complex can be
transformed into public gathering places for
community events and performances."
That melding of design typologies, in turn, allows for a one-stop, holistic approach to treating patients, Stelmarski says. "For example,
prior to the opening of this facility, patients
would go to one doctor for rehabilitation, and
then need to make a separate appointment at
another office to get nutritional advice to support their healing," he says. "Now, that can all
be accomplished in the same place."
In addition to such operational synergies,
the complex's layout offers what Stelmarski
describes as "internal harmonies" for its
patrons, patients, and staff. "The circulation
path within the building is organized at the
entry to consolidate visitors and allow them to
travel through the same experience, no matter
their ultimate destination," he says. "Along this
pathway, they will experience video graphics
through interactive technology stations that
speak to the science of sport." The circulation
path is especially vital to the staff because it
provides a space where doctors from different
specialties can interact and generate ideas by
simply bumping into one another.
Given the facility's array of sports medicine
and rehabilitation services, including nutrition, psychology, orthopedics, physical therapy,
occupational therapy, neuropsychology, urgent
care, surgery, a brain injury program, cardiology, outpatient imaging, and pharmacy, the project team worked to make the facility's layout as
welcoming and user-friendly as possible. "The
complex's users can experience the full spectrum of physical performance all in one place,
including training, healing, and recovery," says
Stelmarski. "Its architecture and design reinforce this, primarily by providing transparency
throughout, in the form of transparent glass
walls that can be found in most places throughout its workout and rehabilitation areas, except
for the locker rooms, pool, and plunge room."
The center consists of a nine-story tower
that's fronted by a pair of sports venues-a
half-size football field and a full basketball
court-on its street-facing side and an attached
garage behind. The front part of that layout, in
particular, reflects the center's underlying goal
of putting athletic performance "on stage,"
says Tom Riesenbichler, managing director at

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Perkins+Will. "To help accomplish that, the plan- Glass walls, seen
ning concept creates a direct line of sight from the here in the strength
training room,
main lobby on the first floor into the playing fields
fill many parts of
and strength-training areas of the Sports Perfor- the complex with
mance Center (SPC) that reside in the first two levels
abundant natural
of the tower," he says. "From the outside in, the SPC's light.
football field is also the most prominent publicfacing amenity, showcasing the building's performance element directly
to the public." Additionally, the center houses major athletic research
components, including a Gatorade Sports Science Institute on the second level; an ambulatory surgery center on the third floor; and a variety
of sports-related physician practices on the remaining six levels.
Given the numerous services offered at the site, designers say
placement of the center's entrances/exits were given careful
consideration. "While the main entrance is on the building's east side,
we gave the complex's radiology, physical therapy, and urgent care
components their own dedicated entries on the opposite side of the
building, providing easy access for the Dallas Cowboys and Frisco school
district athletes who exercise and play at the adjacent Ford Center,"
Riesenbichler says. "Likewise, a separate and distinctly branded access
point to the ambulatory surgery center was provided on the fourth level
of the parking garage at the rear of the building, to connect outpatients
and those accompanying them with direct access to services without
impeding other patient/athlete flows."
Metal cladding both inside and outside of the building alludes to the
protective padding athletes wear in high-impact sports, while the center's color palette and materials, composed primarily of concrete, glass,
and metal, also offer a visual message for users. "We wanted to create
a physical environment that embodies strength, durability, and precision-precisely the attributes of both the athletes who seek treatment
there and the team that provides them with care," says Kevin Mereness,
designer at Perkins+Will. 
Matthew Hall is a freelance writer/editor based in Cincinnati. He can be
reached at M A T T. H A L L 5 6 @ I C L O U D . C O M .

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Healthcare Design - May 2019
Contents
Editorial
Show Talk
Space to Breathe
Play Ball
Rising Star Awards
Orthopedic Facilities Special Report: Teaming Up
Orthopedic Facilities Special Report: Good Bones
Parking Easy Access
Product Spotlight Furniture & Casegoods
The Center
2019 Product Innovation Awards
Face Time
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