This project included a master plan (which would also include functional space programming) for an existing Free Standing Emergency Department (FSED) in the Houston area that was looking to expand their existing facility, increase parking, and to add a helipad the property. The existing 9,200 square foot facility is dedicated to adult emergency care, but the 7,600 square foot expansion will allow the FSED to offer pediatric outpatient services to the quickly growing surrounding community. The expansion will have five (5) VIP treatment rooms with private bathrooms, four (4) observation rooms, and a trauma room. The support space will include a second centralized teaming station, a central sterile supply room, a medication room and laboratory, plus two private offices. Clerestory windows over the main teaming station will bring an abundance natural light to the center of the building.
The client has also asked THW to plan for a possible future conversion to a licensed micro hospital. Many of the existing elements found in an FSED are also part of the program requirements for a micro hospital, but THW created options for shell space that would ultimately house the remaining required spaces not already accommodated in the facility. A secondary Waiting Area and Information Desk are located adjacent to a new conference room, which would be the future entry to a micro hospital, while also creating the opportunity for community access to educational events separate from the main entry of the emergency department.