About the New Hospital

MILESTONES - Timeline for a new Parkland

  • May 2004 – The Dallas County Commissioner’s Court engages Health Management Associates to study Parkland’s future.
  • November 2004 – Health Management Associates submits a report, called “Long Range Planning and Policy Analysis for the Dallas County Hospital District,” to Commissioner’s Court recommending development of a master capital plan, including a replacement strategy for Parkland and appointment of a Blue Ribbon Panel to review and recommend its implementation.
  • March 2005 – Dallas County Commissioner’s Court establishes the Blue Ribbon Panel.
  • July 2006 – Parkland engages PricewaterhouseCoopers to develop a strategic plan, an operating model and a master facility plan.
  • June 2007 - After research and study, the Blue Ribbon Panel recommends a strategic and master facility plan to replace Parkland hospital.
  • July 2007 – Parkland Board of Managers approves the Blue Ribbon Panel’s recommendation to replace Parkland hospital.
  • August 2007 – Dallas County Commissioner’s Court approves the recommendation for replacement of Parkland hospital.
  • May 2008 – Facility planning begins for a new Parkland.
  • Aug. 12, 2008 – Dallas County Commissioner’s Court votes unanimously to place a bond election on the November ballot for consideration by Dallas County voters.
  • Nov. 4, 2008 – Dallas County voters overwhelmingly approves by 82 percent support of the construction of a new hospital.
  • April 22, 2009 – Parkland officials announce contracts awarded to the architect, construction manager and program controls manager.
  • May 2009 – Facility planning begins for the ambulatory care building on the new campus.
  • August 2009 – Parkland receives AAA bond ratings from both Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s Rating Service. Parkland issues $705 million in bonds, including $680 million in Build America Bonds.
  • Winter 2009 – Staff begin to relocate from buildings that will be removed to make way for new construction. Staff transition continues through spring 2010.
  • Winter 2009 – Planning begins on the new administrative office building.
  • Winter 2009 – Mock hospital rooms are created to better assist architects in designers in creating the most efficient spaces possible for patient care.
  • September 2010 – Final schematic designs approved by Parkland.
  • Summer 2010 – Demolition and grading of land begins to make way for new construction.
  • Oct. 28, 2010 – Groundbreaking marks the beginning of construction for the new hospital.
  • November 2010 – Construction of the new parking garage begins.
  • Nov. 8, 2010 – New employee parking lot opens.
  • Dec. 6, 2010 – New DART Green Line to open, running through the center of the new campus.
  • July 2011 – Construction of the central utility plant (CUP) begins.
  • Summer 2011 – Designs begin for outpatient and logistics buildings.
  • December 2011 – The new parking garage opens.
  • Fall 2012 – Construction begins on outpatient and logistics buildings.
  • December 2012 – The central utility plant begins utility service to the new Parkland hospital campus.
  • Winter 2014 – Transition to new buildings begins.

Construction progress and milestones

Workers drill the piers for what will be the main parking garage for Parkland's new health care campus.