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Texas Children’s Hospital to build new pediatric tower in the Texas Medical Center

Texas Children’s Board of Trustees has enthusiastically approved expansion and renovation plans for the hospital’s main campus in the Texas Medical Center. The expansion includes reinvesting in the programs needed by the most critically ill patients, primarily in the critical care units, operating rooms, Heart Center, Emergency Center, and many of the diagnostic and therapeutic services offered by the hospital.

Texas Children’s will build 19 floors on top of the existing building base next to Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, adding 640,000 square feet, resulting in a 25-floor tower. Slated to be completed in 2018, the new tower will house 130 beds for pediatric and cardiovascular intensive care, new operating rooms with the latest technology, and will be the new home to Texas Children’s Heart Center, including the outpatient clinic, cardiovascular operating rooms, and catheterization labs. The total project budget for the vertical expansion is $506 million.

Following the addition of the new tower, the hospital plans to renovate the Emergency Center, as well as other areas in the hospital’s West Tower. Diagnostic and therapeutic services will be expanded throughout the main campus so care can be delivered close to the patients.

“These programs are at the core of our mission to create a healthier future for children throughout our broad community and will ensure the best possible outcomes for some of the nation’s sickest children,” said Mark A. Wallace, president and CEO of Texas Children’s Hospital. “The expansion will help us deliver on our promise to make Texas Children’s the best possible place to give and receive care.”

The hospital has contracted with a number of design and construction professionals to see this project through to fruition including FKP Architects, Walter P. Moore, Smith Seckman Reid, Inc., and WS Bellows Construction Corporation, among others.