Houston Methodist West Houston Hospital and Medical Office Building

Hospital facility for delivering patient and family-centered care - Frank Lo project

Cardno provided structural engineering services for this hospital and adjacent medical office building in the growing suburbs west of Houston.

The acute-care hospital encompasses 474,000 square-foot (sf) and contains 193 beds. The adjacent medical office building is six stories and totals 170,000 sf. Both buildings are a part of the first phase of development on the 42-acre campus. The third floors of the hospital and the medical office building are connected by a sky bridge.

The hospital includes dedicated imaging centers; 15 operating rooms conducive to open heart and other major surgeries, including robotic and orthopedic; a 26-bed birthing center; 14 NICU /continuing care beds; a cancer treatment center with two linear accelerators; a breast imaging center and a 28-station emergency center. A shared central utility plant serves the hospital and office building.

Hospital facility for delivering patient and family-centered care - Frank Lo project

Our team collaborated with the client and project team to design a gabled skylight atrium. The hospital is a concrete structure, but Cardno evaluated multiple structural systems for the skylight and roof structure and recommended the use of structural steel framing instead of concrete support columns. The steel framing eliminated the need for 100 feet of scaffolding and provided structural stability and wind load resistance. This unique structural design solution provided the owner with substantial cost savings and the desired architectural look, which was then used at additional locations.

The phase II expansion is six stories, 230,000 sf and provides an additional 78 beds. The expansion also contains new lobbies, elevators, sky plazas, and enclosed walkways. There is a new covered entrance for additional patient drop-off to the hospital and a new five-story, 800-car parking garage on the west side.