Reaching New Heights in Healthcare
Jul 28, 2010

HOUSTON, TX, July 28, 2010 - On July 13th, The Methodist Hospital inaugurated one of the nation's largest outpatient centers in Houston, Texas. The 1.6-million-square-foot Methodist Outpatient Center is located on a one-and-a-half block site in Texas Medical Center. Since opening in 1919, The Methodist Hospital has become a nationally-renowned academic medical center. With its new facility dedicated to outpatient services and procedures, The Methodist Hospital continues its goals to provide quality healthcare, research, and education.


In a fitting display of the hospital's longstanding history, Rosemary Moreno, who has worked at Methodist for over 50 years, joined Judge Ewing Werlein, Jr., Chairperson of The Methodist Hospital System's Board of Directors, and Ron Girotto, President and CEO of The Methodist Hospital System, in conducting the ceremonial ribbon-cutting. Mr. Girotto remarked, "This building was designed to provide our patients with compassionate and quality healthcare."


During the ceremony, Mr. Girotto recognized Broaddus & Associates and Lana Coble, V.P. for management of the building program. "They were our project managers and kept us straight as we talked about water-walls and all this. She [Lana] would worry about how to get all this stuff to work."


Broaddus & Associates oversaw the $345-million building project's design, construction, and activation to ensure that quality, budget, and schedule objectives were met. Alongside WHR Architects and Hensel Phelps Construction, Broaddus & Associates established a collaborative, innovative design and construction team to build one of the largest projects in Texas Medical Center. The project manager utilized Guaranteed Maximum Price submissions from the contractor, to fast-track construction and minimize scope erosion due to price escalation. Broaddus & Associates led thorough design and construction evaluations, and generated $36 million in savings through real-time value engineering.


To clear space in an urban environment for this building, an existing 15-story diagnostic clinic and parking garage structure was demolished. Broaddus & Associates managed the decoupling, that is the separation of utilities from West Pavilion Hospital, the clinic tower, and parking garages to facilitate the demolition. Upon completion of the decoupling, West Pavilion Hospital was renovated and the garage structure's wrecking proceeded. The tower's tenants were relocated and the brick veneer removed to facilitate ultimate implosion of the tower on June 25, 2006. All of this work was accomplished amidst ongoing healthcare services provided. During excavation, an existing foundation was uncovered. Broaddus & Associates assisted the contractor and structural engineer to develop a workaround. This allowed for removal of the old foundation in stages, without impacting project schedule. As Broaddus & Associates also managed infrastructure development, the firm was responsible for conducting survey of a 15-foot deep storm drainage structure, which is adjacent to the new building. The survey ensured that the new building construction did not impact operation of major water flow or create potential leaks into the new building. Moreover, Center Point Energy, an electric supplier, requested duct bank access across the building to supply energy to a nearby area. Broaddus & Associates facilitated negotiations between the electric supplier and The Methodist Hospital, so that a duct bank is placed within the building's eight-foot concrete mat foundation, enabling electricity supply to neighboring buildings.


The 26-floor building is a centralized home for the hospital's outpatient diagnostic and therapeutic programs. These include orthopedic surgery, heart plus vascular imaging, cancer treatment, radiology, and weight management services. The Wankel engine-shaped tower is composed of a curtain wall, granite, and precast concrete. A three-sided curvilinear building perimeter rises from a rectangular base. The lobby is adorned with a grandstanding water-wall and artwork. An iconic architectural tiara crowns the Methodist Outpatient Center. The tiara is shaped by steel which extends 50 feet above the roof, with three vertical spires accentuating the design.


Floor plates range from approximately 40,000 to 70,000 square-foot areas, with segregated public and staff circulation. Each level showcases panoramic views of the city and invites natural light inside. Skywalks and building connections are designed to improve traffic control within Texas Medical Center. Bound by two thoroughfares and bisected by a city street extension, the hospital offers easy visitor access with valet and patient drop-off areas. A 1,370-car parking garage with two levels of parking and loading dock below grade offers ample space in this dense urban setting.


Dr. Marc Boom, Executive Vice President of The Methodist Hospital, commented, "We found it to be a great experience working with Broaddus. Look at the quality of this building and what's been achieved. The building not only captures what we were looking for physically and structurally, but really in the whole package, the transformative nature of healthcare, the ability to heal the patient. Very good coordination went on for this amazingly complex project, the complexity is just mindboggling, and it went amazingly well."


U.S. News & World Report has consistently listed The Methodist Hospital as one of the nation's best healthcare institutions. With its brand new outpatient center, The Methodist Hospital continues its mission to provide personalized, meaningful treatment.