Designed to Look Like Old-School Nurses Hats, a New Decorative PTFE Tensile Structure tops Mechanical Penthouse
Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas in Austin features a new 3rd Bed Tower, a state-of-the-art healthcare facility that showcases a PTFE tensile membrane structure at the top of their mechanical penthouse by Birdair. Two other tensile structures of the same design were completed by Birdair in the early 2000's. The latest was awarded to Birdair in early 2022. A design emulated to look like old-school nurses hats, the project had a very tight execution deadline. Birdair's team rose to the challenge and finished ahead of schedule in the field thanks to close coordination with general contractor JE Dunn and the fabricator of the mechanical penthouse steel. The 700 sq.ft. PTFE tensioned membrane structure was assembled on the ground and lifted over 200 feet in the air and into place.