Texas Children's Hospital - Legacy Tower Expansion
Broaddus & Associates served on the project management team at Texas Children’s Hospital for the Legacy Tower, a new 640,000 SF vertical expansion on its Texas Medical Center campus in Houston, TX. The addition of 19 floors on top of the existing building base shared by Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women allows new critical care units to be co-located. The new space facilitates specialization of services and coordination with resources in adjacent Texas Children’s buildings. Broaddus & Associates served on the tower site though all phases of the project.
The 25-story Legacy Tower houses new and expanded operating rooms, a new intensive care unit that will span four floors, and a transitional ICU. The facility will make Texas Children’s one of the first pediatric hospitals in the nation to have a designated Neurology ICU and Surgical ICU. Legacy Tower will also be the new home of Texas Children’s Heart Center®, which is ranked first in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in pediatric cardiology and heart surgery. The Heart Center includes an outpatient clinic, catheterization labs, a cardiovascular intensive-care unit, dedicated cardiovascular operating rooms, and cardiology acute care beds.
The new tower also includes a rooftop helistop to improve the logistics of providing emergency care to children and women. As a subsequent project, renovation in the Main Campus optimized efficiency of emergency care areas and provided additional dedicated patient and family space.
In our capacity of managing the permitting, our team obtained City of Houston approval of grandfathering in an older code, which had changed between Core and Shell and Build Out. This important step saved the project immeasurable cost and time. We were also able to convince the City Structural Department to issue a temporary certificate of occupancy without FM approval to allow our “go live” date to stay on schedule. This also saved the project significant time, and marked the first time such a variance had been granted in the Texas Medical Center. This engagement represents a continued relationship between Texas Children’s Hospital and Broaddus & Associates for projects in the Texas Medical Center. The firm recently served as a part of the project management staff for construction of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute and the Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women.