Architectural students at Texas A&M University presented their ideas for a new addition to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas this spring. The students developed designs with advice from program sponsor HKS Architects, Dallas, and the hospital. Some design features include a nursery, cafeteria, a psychological counseling unit, an administrative office and community health classrooms. The facility's exterior echoes the existing playground's primary colors, including a red arcade and a blue walkway.
"The students wanted to project a positive and happy look to the community and for the kids," said George Mann, professor of health facilities design at the College of Architecture. Mann credits the strength of the practical experience program to the cooperation between Texas A&M and Scottish Rite President J.C. Montgomery and Ronald L. Skaggs, HKS chairman and chief executive officer.