Houston Methodist medical expansion project to Walter Tower converts available shell space to operational medical units.
The Houston area has experienced a dramatic patient influx within the last few years. As a result, the Walter Tower Level 12 medical expansion project was designed as a universal care unit to aid patients in need of specialized urgent treatment.
Kilgore Industries Medical Center division was tasked with the installation of approximately 50,000-lf of ductwork and 5,000-lf of mechanical pipe following B31.1 standards to serve 36 patient rooms and support spaces congruent with other areas of Walter Tower.
Overcoming the Medical Expansion Challenges
Authorized access to the project site was a challenge. The intricate route began through a basement, leading to a designated construction elevator. Storage space in the area was limited. As a result, Kilgore’s medical crew members had to strategically coordinate the supply and transportation of materials and specialized tools throughout the different stages of the project. In addition, crew members had to adhere to strict security and health protocols that involved multiple security screenings and temperature checks while following hospital COVID precautions.
Construction in the medical field can be complex and hard to manage, primarily if the additions are performed around fully operational care units. It takes a skilled crew with vast experience dealing with intricate spaces to complete the job without interruptions.