The board of Children's Medical Center Dallas has hired FKPArchitects Inc. of Houston to develop a plan that, if it comes tofruition, could add high-demand specialties like a pediatricsnursing school, research facilities, school of allied health,school of pharmacy and therapeutic aquatics or equestrian centersto the under-construction campus, which has three-eighths milefrontage along Preston Road and one-quarter mile along HedgcoxeRoad. The master plan is to be done by June so it can be reviewedand ready to go to the board in September, Lou Saksen, vicepresident of facilities for Children's Medical Center Dallas, tellsGlobeSt.com.

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"These are dreams right now," Saksen stresses. "We haven'tpursued them yet."

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Although planning is in the early stages, he says it's notunrealistic to envision a groundbreaking in 2010. He also saysfuture plans most likely will include more partners than just UTSouthwestern Medical Center in Dallas. "But, we will talk to themto see if they're interested in taking our research space," headds.

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As the master plan takes shape, the most likely second phasewill be two more inpatient towers in the next few years for the$120-million hospital. [IMGCAP(2)] Set to open in the fall, thehospital will have 72 beds to start and the infrastructure for 240beds. The four-story hospital will sport 38 examination rooms foremergency room services, an intensive care unit, four operatingrooms and on-site transport to the main campus at 1935 Motor St. inDallas.

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The first space of Children's Medical Center Legacy will come online in March, with the delivery of a 127,000-sf ambulatory carepavilion. The master plan will include a twin building, accordingto Saksen.

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The $26-million, four-story pavilion, which will include imagingand laboratory services, is replacing the 8,000-sf Preston HedgcoxePlaza at 7800 Preston Rd. Saksen says there are nearly six yearsleft on the lease so decisionmakers are weighing options like apediatrics sleep center or urgent care center. The hospitaloperates a 4,000-sf sleep center in the area, also a leased site,but there are just a couple years left on the term.

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The pavilion and hospital were designed by PageSoutherlandPageLLC of Austin and Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects LLLP of Portland,OR. Newman Jackson Bieberstein Inc. of Dallas is the landscapearchitect. Austin Commercial's Dallas division is the generalcontractor.

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Saksen says it was never envisioned in 2001 when the initial68.7 acres were bought that the plan would have evolved from aregional facility into a full-fledged campus with research andmedical training components. The reality is 30% of inpatients atthe main campus come from far north Dallas, he says. Also, 30,000outpatient visits per year are credited to residents from Collin,Cooke, Denton, Fannin and Grayson counties plus the northern tier'schildren's population growth rate currently is eight times higherthan the national average and will be 11 times greater by 2010,according to hospital research.

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"It's pretty obvious we're playing to a population we alreadyhave and a rate of growth," Saksen stresses. "We really need to bein that market."

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Saksen says the future campus, though, won't include any medicaloffice space because there is plenty on the ground or on drawingboards. But one day, his vision could add administrative anddaycare space.

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Children's Medical bought its land from a joint venture ofDallas-based Trammell Crow Co., New York City-based Morgan Stanleyand locally based EDS Corp. The JV was formed in October 2006 todevelop the 404-acre balance of EDS' 2,660 acres, which wereamassed in the late 1970s by Ross Perot Sr. To date, 10 million sfof corporate offices have been built and more is on the way tosupport ongoing developments of retail, residential and hospitalityspace surrounding Legacy's 150-acre town center. It can cost $8 persf to $25 per sf to rope off a piece of Legacy's land.

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David Reed, senior vice president on CB Richard Ellis' Dallasteam, markets the acreage. "The Children's Medical Center hasreally been a catalyst here for development," he says. Onedeveloper has placed a contract on nearly 25 acres while otherwould-be buyers are negotiating deals for another 80 to 100 acres.Capital One holds a 25-acre option to expand its 50-acre corporateheadquarters campus and Legacy's multifamily property developerRobert Shaw of Dallas-based Columbus Realty Partners Ltd. hasanother 15-acre option at his disposal.

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"We have had a lot of really good activity," Reed says. Lastyear, 113 acres were sold, which included the pediatrics hospital'sdecision to exercise its 52-acre option. Since the JV took over,120 acres have been sold.

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Reed says the JV initially thought it would take eight years tosell all the land. "We've been in an up cycle. We've been surprisedby the reception," he says. "And, we're continuing to haveinquiries from companies and their representatives. There are anumber of inquiries from medical office users."

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