Project: Master Plan for the relocation of 250 bed hospital and outpatient services from the St Luke’s Medical Center to the McNair Campus located south of the Texas medical Center.
Goal: the McNair Campus was purchased by CHI, St Luke’s Health System in 2014. At that time the facility was 4 years old and mostly shelled space. CHI St Luke’s plan was to locate 250 of the 850 beds currently existing at Texas Medical Center to the McNair Campus which can accommodate a standalone hospital, outpatient facilities and structured parking.
Solution: CHI organized a charrette session with several Architectural firms to brainstorm ideas to improve on the current planning and design associated with this building. The format for the session enabled much discussion about current and future planning initiatives. The McNair campus is occupied by an 11 story building capable of accommodating the hospital program but does not allow for future development of a heart center, expanded outpatient services or the eventual move of the rest of the 850 beds from the existing hospital. ALTUS took the initiative to inquire about the adjacent land currently being used as surface parking and found that this idea is possible and would then enable SLMCMC to reach further and create a world class campus and destination for medical tourism. The adjacent property currently used as parking was divided by a divided 4 lane roadway. This roadway inspired a new access concept for the hospital as well as for future venues for the campus, and enabled the creation of a park like experience for patients and visitors. This change in planning enabled contiguous hospital and outpatient zones and future heart hospital to have improved operational efficiency while creating strong new identity and image for the campus. This campus park complete with pathways and water features would also link together other non-hospital venues such as; wellness, fitness and hospitality.