Texas Children’s Hospital at The Woodlands celebrates the spirit of design

Elva Mankin

When the award-winning Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH) expanded its services with a new facility in The Woodlands, a planned community located in the heavily forested region north of Houston, the lush landscape was clearly a source of inspiration for FKP Architects. The resulting state-of-the-art facility’s overall concept was based on […]

When the award-winning Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH) expanded its services with a new facility in The Woodlands, a planned community located in the heavily forested region north of Houston, the lush landscape was clearly a source of inspiration for FKP Architects. The resulting state-of-the-art facility’s overall concept was based on the theme “Spirit of the Woods,” and that concept can be seen in every aspect of both the interior and exterior design.

In front of the main entry stands a unique 22-foot-tall curved-leaf-shaped canopy. At 48-feet wide and 60 feet long, this massive design required an innovative product that was easy to route, fold, and bend. It needed to be flexible, yet rigid and strong but lightweight. The project’s fabricator, Byrne Metals, chose ALPOLIC® materials to bring the design to life. For this project, Bryne fabricated and installed nearly 36,000 square feet of ALPOLIC®/fr (fire retardant) metal composite materials in Champagne Metallic (CMX), helping make the building both safe and beautiful. The six-floor, 560,000-square-foot, $98-million facility was completed in February 2017 and offers both inpatient and outpatient services.

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