5G Studio Collaborative leave their legacy on Allen, Texas with zinc-clad healthcare centre

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Photos: © Michael Moran/OTTO

The City of Allen, Texas has recently welcomed a new healthcare development designed by 5G Studio Collaborative. The 8,432 sq ft complex blends urgent care facilities with 24/7 state-licensed emergency room functions, encased in an angular zinc façade. Legacy ER is the driving force behind this glittering facility; a collection of local doctors who own and operate the Allen complex and a similar centre in Frisco, opened in 2008. The organisation aims to provide the local community in Allen with high-quality healthcare services in a ‘convenient, soothing environment’.

Externally the complex is defined by a folded zinc façade which contrasts dramatically with the smooth rolled edges of the interior volumes. 5G Studio Collaborative explains that this juxtaposition is a representation of the duality of medical professionals, whose outwardly projected knowledge, skill and precision is symbolised by the clean lines of the zinc shell while their gentle and empathetic characteristics can be seen in the soft lines of the interior design.

Of the external design, 5G Studio Collaborative Partner Yen Ong says: "Using the ordinary interlocking method of a standing seam roof, the zinc panels were diagrammed in accordance to the planar parameters of the folded planes to achieve the eventual patterning while satisfying a solar shading program. Gradient perforated panels were likewise mapped onto the exterior surfaces to allow for the diffusive building lighting effects."

Integration of natural light plays a key role in the building design, with the orientation of the form defining the arrangement of the façade. A cantilevered roof overhangs to the south and east to limit the intensity of natural light within the interior spaces, while the west façade sports limited glazing with a perforated metal overhang to shield the exam room. Skylights dot the roofscape, allowing additional sunlight to permeate the interiors.

This reduced dependency on artificial lighting techniques adds to the building's sustainability credentials. There are also include low-flow plumbing fixtures and low-flow faucet aerators. SMR Landscape Architects have integrated approximately three times the amount of vegetated open space stipulated by the City of Allen, incorporating Cedar Elm trees, Pink Muhly Grass, Weeping Lovegrass and Buffalograss, as low water use, drought-tolerant species.

Credits

Client: Legacy ER
Architect: 5G Studio Collaborative
Architectural Team: Yen Ong; Paul Merrill; Josh Allen; Christine Robbins
Interior Designer: 5G Studio Collaborative
Interior Design Team: Danielle Cross
General Contractor: UEB Builders
Landscape Architect: SMR Landscape Architects
Civil Engineer: RLK Engineering
Structural Engineer: Datum Engineers
MEP Engineer: Jordan & Skala Engineers
Photography: © Michael Moran/OTTO


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