Built in 1954, the old Parkland Hospital was in dire need of improvement; 1.7 million square feet of full-service acute care, 380,000 square feet of outpatient center, 275,000 square feet of office center and parking for approximately 6,000 vehicles worth of improvements. With Pacheco Koch hired as the lead civil engineering firm on the project, coordination between all members of the architect’s design team, construction managers, and three other civil engineering firms was key in the design of drainage, franchise utility relocations, and other various parts of the project. Involvement in the project began at the master planning phase and lasted through the completion of construction. The design scope included the design of all of the water, wastewater, paving, and grading aspects of the project, and coordination with various public entities, including Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), various departments at the City of Dallas, and multiple franchise utility companies for design and plan approvals. Design modifications were required to be made along adjacent roadways to add dedicated turn lanes, revise median openings, and modify storm sewer layout due to conflicts at proposed driveway locations. Sustainable design practices were used throughout the project.
Land surveying services were also included in the scope in the form of platting, easement abandonment and dedication, and public right-of-way abandonment and dedication. Services included utility master planning, project management and coordination, sustainable design, conceptual civil development plans, dimensional control, site paving design, grading and drainage design, water and wastewater design, erosion control, City of Dallas, DART, and TxDOT coordination, traffic control, bid phase services, platting, easement / right-of-way abandonment and dedication and construction phase services.