The Methodist Hospital North Campus ExpansionHouston, TX, USA Methodist Hospital WHR, Architect-of-Record Health + Science 1.8 million ft2 / 167,000 m2
The Methodist Hospital North Campus Expansion is intended to be the first step in the replacement of major elements of the Methodist Hospital on its existing urban site in the Texas Medical Center.
Phase I involves the design of a new diagnostic treatment space for the hospital’s premier centers of excellence in Neurology and Cardiology and a new Emergency Department (ED), which will facilitate important adjacencies to the new centers. Phase I will also create patient space to support 280 acute and intensive care beds, and is designed to accommodate plans for future expansion up to 580 beds in Phase II.
The project aims to create a building that reads as “complete” after Phase I, while still easily accommodating these future expansion needs. From a design standpoint, the project aims to dramatically change the outdated image of the Methodist Hospital through a design that architecturally coordinates the expansion with that of the adjacent Research Institute (also designed by KPF), thus dramatically transforming the presence of the hospital on Bertner Avenue.
Our design achieves this in several ways: first, by creating a welcoming front door that leads to a large public atrium; second, by carefully planning wayfinding that enables clear and easy circulation through the new complex for patients, visitors, and staff; and finally by linking major public spaces and maximizing access to natural light.