W.H and Elaine McCarty South Tower | Austin, TX

The world's first LEED® certified Platinum hospital.

Project: W.H. and Elaine McCarty South Tower,

Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas (DCMCCT)

Location: Austin, TX

Architect: Polkinghorn Group Architects

Product: Acrovyn® Interior Wall Protection, Acrovyn® Doors,

Entrance Flooring, Expansion Joint Covers

About the Project

The W.H. and Elaine McCarty South Tower of Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas (DCMCCT) in Austin, Texas opened its doors to the public May 2013 after just 15 months of construction. The $48 million project includes a new three-story tower totaling 83,610 square feet with 72 beds. This is the region's first and only acute care pediatric rehabilitation unit, featuring dedicated inpatient care, a toddler rehab and therapy gym. Children benefit from continuing their education and social interaction that the community rooms provide. Designers also incorporated a family business center to allow parents to work on site.

Design Goals

Creating an environmentally responsible facility was at the core of the design goals that Polkinghorn Group Architects had for the W.H. and Elaine McCarty South Tower. Seton Healthcare Family's commitment to making Dell Children's Medical Center one of the most sustainable hospitals in the world brought top designers and responsible manufactures together to create an atmosphere where human health can flourish.

Product design and durability are critical to ensure long life and to support a more sterile environment. Selecting products that contain safe and healthy materials is equally important. DCMCCT's commitment to build for a healthy environment made Construction Specialties a natural choice to provide suitable building products for the new tower.   


In 2008 the DCMCCT became the world's first leader in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certified Platinum hospital. This new addition has earned another first by achieving LEED for Healthcare Platinum designation, keeping in line with the hospital's efforts toward a more sustainable built environment. CS products that helped the project earn this accolade include Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Silver Acrovyn® interior wall protection, PediTred® LP entrance flooring and expansion joint cover systems as well as Acrovyn® Doors.

At a glance:

  • Wall protection in Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Gold and Silver Acrovyn 4000 as well as Renaissance hardwoods and stainless steel
  • Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Silver CS PediTred® entrance grids
  • Non-rated, 45-minute rated and 90-minute fire rated Acrovyn Doors
  • Wall, ceilling and floor CS Expansion Joint covers with RFX fire Barrier

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