Roadside Attraction: Legacy ER, a freestanding emergency room and urgent-care facility stops traffic with an angular folded roof of zinc panels and perforated screens.

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Roadside Attraction:

Legacy ER, a freestanding emergency room and urgent-care facility stops traffic with an angular folded roof of zinc panels and perforated screens.

By Mark Lamster

What will the future of American medical care look like? One answer to that question lies amid the suburban sprawl of Allen, Texas, a bedroom community sprouting from the tawny prairie land some 30 miles north of downtown Dallas. There, on a stretch of nondescript parkway lined with banal strip malls and cookie-cutter housing developments, you will find an unexpectedly antic structure of folded zinc planes, jutting angles, and perforated mesh screens.

This interloper is Legacy ER, an 8,500-square-foot freestanding emergency room and urgent-care facility owned and operated by a group of local physicians. The architect is Yen Ong, a partner in 5G Studio Collaborative, a nine-year-old Dallas-based practice, which gained prominence in 2011 with its design for the 1,000-room Dallas Omni Hotel, a sleek wedge wrapped with bands of LED lighting.
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Professional Services Provided:

- Architecture | Interior

Legacy ER, Allen - Awards

  • 2014 AIA/AAH (American Institute of Architects' Academy of Architecture for Health) Healthcare Design Awards
  • 2014 IIDA Healthcare Design Award | Ambulatory Care Centers | Best of Category
  • 2014 1st Place | Metal Architecture | Design Awards competition | Metal Roofing
  • 2013 AIA Unbuilt Design Award

5G Healthcare Experience

  • LegacyER_Frisco, Texas
    6,250 sf, Shell and Interior, including JCAHO-accredited Urgent Care, Emergency, and Diagnostic SuitesFirst Place Winner, 2007 Healthcare Environment Awards by the Center for Health Design
  • Dallas IVF and ASC_Frisco, Texas
    11,000 sf, Shell and Interior, In-Vitro Fertilization and TX DSHS-licensed Ambulatory Surgical Center
  • Outpatient Surgery Center at the Villages of Bert Kouns_Shreveport, Louisiana
    6,700 sf, Shell and Interior, LA DHH-licensed Ambulatory Surgical Center
  • Frisco Plastic Surgery Center_Frisco, Texas
    6,500 sf, Interior, including MedSpa and AAAASF-accredited Surgery Suite
  • The Plastic Surgery Center_Shreveport, Louisiana
    4,500 sf, Shell and Interior
  • Metroplex Oral and Facial Surgery_Mesquite, Texas
    4,000 sf, Shell and Interior, including Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Suites
  • Center for Hand Surgery_Shreveport, Louisiana
    4,000 sf, Shell and Interior
  • Cardiology Clinic_San Antonio, Texas
    4,000 sf, Interior, including an MRI Suite.
  • Oncology Clinic_San Antonio, Texas
    10,000 sf, Interior, including Infusion and Clean Rooms
  • Neurology Clinic_San Antonio, Texas
    10,000 sf, Shell and Interior
  • Alamo City Dental_San Antonio, Texas
    3,500 sf, Interior
  • Dermatology Consultants of Frisco_Frisco, Texas
    7,000 sf, Shell and Interior, including Cosmetic, Surgical, and Pediatric Suites
  • Dr. Bassem Mazloum Gastroenterologist + Internal Medicine Clinic_ San Antonio, Texas
    2,500 sf, Shell and Interior
  • Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy Office_San Antonio, Texas
    5,000 sf, Shell and Interior
  • Alamo Family Foot and Ankle Care Clinic_San Antonio, Texas
    2,550 sf, Interior, including Podiatric Surgery Suite
  • Alamo Prosthodontic Clinic_San Antonio, Texas
    2,500 sf, Interior
  • Spine Pro Care Clinic_San Antonio, Texas
    3,500 sf, Interior, Physical Therapy
  • Dr. Stolow Rheumatology Clinic_San Antonio, Texas
    7,000 sf, Shell and Interior
  • Dr. Calvin Mein Ophthalmology Office_San Antonio, Texas
    2,000 sf, Interior Addition project
  • Children's Eye Center Ophthalmology Pediatric Clinic_San Antonio, Texas
    6,000 sf, Interior
  • Dallas Eye Care and Optical_Gun Barrel City, Texas
    5,000 sf, Shell and Interior, including Optical and Surgery Suites
  • The Dallas Center for Sleep Disorders_Plano, Texas
    3,000 sf, Interior
  • Family Practice Clinic_San Antonio, Texas
    5,000 sf, Shell and Interior
  • Neighborhood Medical Center_Dallas, Texas
    5,500 sf, Shell and Interior
  • Friedman Family Practice_Frisco, Texas
    3,000 sf, Interior.
  • Bont Office Building_San Antonio, Texas
    10,000 sf, Shell and Interior, Family Medicine
  • Two-Story Medical Office Building_Antonio, Texas
    27,000 sf, Shell
  • Blackstone Animal Hospital_Frisco, Texas
    7,500 sf, Shell and Interior, including Boarding, Exam, and Surgery Suites
  • Alamo Family Foot and Ankle Care Clinic_San Antonio, Texas
    2,550 sf, Interior, including Podiatric Surgery Suite
  • Alamo Prosthodontic Clinic_San Antonio, Texas
    2,500 sf, Interior
  • Spine Pro Care Clinic_San Antonio, Texas
    3,500 sf, Interior, Physical Therapy
  • Dr. Stolow Rheumatology Clinic_San Antonio, Texas
    7,000 sf, Shell and Interior
  • Dr. Calvin Mein Ophthalmology Office_San Antonio, Texas
    2,000 sf, Interior Addition project
  • Children's Eye Center Ophthalmology Pediatric Clinic_San Antonio, Texas
    6,000 sf, Interior
  • Dallas Eye Care and Optical_Gun Barrel City, Texas
    5,000 sf, Shell and Interior, including Optical and Surgery Suites
  • The Dallas Center for Sleep Disorders_Plano, Texas
    3,000 sf, Interior
  • Family Practice Clinic_San Antonio, Texas
    5,000 sf, Shell and Interior
  • Neighborhood Medical Center_Dallas, Texas
    5,500 sf, Shell and Interior
  • Friedman Family Practice_Frisco, Texas
    3,000 sf, Interior.
  • Bont Office Building_San Antonio, Texas
    10,000 sf, Shell and Interior, Family Medicine
  • Two-Story Medical Office Building_Antonio, Texas
    27,000 sf, Shell
  • Blackstone Animal Hospital_Frisco, Texas
    7,500 sf, Shell and Interior, including Boarding, Exam, and Surgery Suites