Update on DFW Healthcare Projects

For better or worse, as healthcare consumers we expect the best. We don’t want to walk into an old hospital or physician’s office. For one, we want the best available technology. Second, we expect the best doctors and the best doctors want the best facilities. This controversial issue as related to the cost of care is about driving the business forward for many hospitals.

Dallas-Fort Worth is no exception. From 2005 to 2015, more than $5 billion in healthcare industry construction projects have been or will be completed. These projects directly and indirectly employ thousands of people, from architects, lawyers, engineers, material fabricators, and more. In total, these projects will generate $10.7 billion in economic activity.

Additionally, most hospital systems are looking at how to serve the long-term care needs of their clients, rather than focusing only on acute care solutions. Hospital systems across the metro are building clinics to provide a more cost-effective solution for those that may visit the emergency department for a non-emergency situation. Hospitals are also looking at how they can participate in the solution for a managed care environment for patients facing long-term illness, such as diabetes management, heart disease, cancer care and much more.

The construction projects listed below are just a few of the many healthcare industry projects currently planned or under way in North Texas.

Parkland Hospital

Cost: Estimated $1.271 billion

Area: 2.5 million square feet

Estimated Completion: Winter 2014

Construction Manager: BARA Joint Venture Team

Project Update: On track to becoming the largest public hospital in the nation, the new Parkland Hospital is under way, bringing a 38 percent increase in available bed space to the growing community. Walter Jones, senior vice president of facilities, is overseeing planning, construction, and design along with vendors and partners as the vision for the 862-bed facility to replace Dallas County’s public hospital becomes a reality. The new building will add much needed space to the emergency room, operating room, and the burn and neonatal intensive care units. The master plan also includes an outpatient center, parking, and a central utility plant and logistics building.

UT Southwestern’s William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital

Cost: $800 million

Capacity: 460 beds

Estimated Completion: 2015

Construction: Hunt Construction Group

Project Update: Reacting to a growing demand for space and updated facilities, UT Southwestern welcomes the addition of the William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital alongside the current University Hospital-Zale Lipshy, designed by RTKL Associates. The hospital will replace the former St. Paul hospital with a 460-bed-capacity academic medical center focused on integrating UT Southwestern’s research, clinical, and educational mission. The hospital, named after former Texas Governor Bill Clements, will function as a teaching hospital with the Southwestern Medical District’s Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Memorial Hospital. In addition to providing advanced technology and innovative patient care, the development of the hospital will also spur new jobs and economic growth for the area.

Methodist Richardson Medical Center Bush/Renner

Location: 2831 E. President George Bush Turnpike (190), at the southeast corner of Renner Road and Bush Turnpike in Richardson

Size: 266,250 square feet

Cost: $120 million

Estimated completion: Fall 2014

Project update: A new acute care hospital at the Methodist Richardson Medical Center Bush/Renner location. The 4-story hospital will open with 125 beds, with shell space for 75 more, and feature a women’s pavilion; a Level III neonatal intensive care unit; and labor, delivery, and recovery services; advanced cardiac care, including catheterization procedures and electrophysiology as well as surgical services; and a radiology department with the latest in imaging technology. The new hospital will employ almost 900 professionals, and physicians representing more than 35 specialties are expected to join the medical staff.

Methodist Dallas Medical Center

Location: 1441 N. Beckley Ave., Dallas

Size: 248,000 square feet

Cost: $108 million

Estimated completion: Summer 2014

Project update: Expand emergency, critical care, and surgery departments with a new 4-story trauma and critical care center to include 58 new emergency room beds with a shell for two additional stories, 6 trauma suites, 8 surgical suites, and a 36-bed critical care unit.

Grapevine Tower at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine

Location: 1650 W. College St., Grapevine

Size: 167,883 New SF & Site Circulation Improvements

Cost: $102 million

Estimated completion: Spring 2013

Project update: The Grapevine Tower is a multi-phased renovation and new hospital tower project that will add 108 hospital beds, expand emergency, ICU, imaging and other services while allowing room for future growth and expansion and improve campus parking and traffic flow.

Baylor Cancer Hospital

Location: 3500 Gaston Ave., Dallas

Size: 240,000 square feet

Cost: $99 million

Estimated completion: Winter of 2012

Project update: The Cancer Hospital is a multi-phased renovation project on the Dallas Campus across the street from the new Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center. Level one through seven of the old Sammons / Collins building will be renovated to include inpatient hospital services for oncology patients. A skybridge has been constructed connecting the Outpatient Cancer Center to the Cancer Hospital and provides pedestrian access over Worth Street.

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance

Location: Near I-H35 and Golden Triangle Blvd.

Size: 188,000 square feet

Cost: $92 million

Estimated completion: September 2012

Project update: The 188,000 square-foot, full-service hospital will include a 24-hour emergency room, women and infant services, neonatal intensive care, imaging, physical therapy, surgery, cardiac rehabilitation, occupational health, and wellness programs.

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth

Location: 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., Fort Worth

Size: 116,000 square feet

Cost: $57 million

Estimated completion: End of 2013

Project update: Build new emergency department, clinic, and central sterile department.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas

Location: 8200 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas

Size: 55,000 square feet

Cost: $30 million

Estimated completion: June 2013

Project update: Renovation of space to accommodate cardiac and general operating rooms and a post anesthesia care unit

(PACU). Relocate and construct new space for other departments to make room for the new ORs.

Methodist Charlton Medical Center expansion

Location: 3500 N. Wheatland Road, Dallas

Size: 90,427 square feet (existing space to be placed into use)

Cost: $27.3 million

Estimated completion: Fall 2012

Project update: An expansion and renovation plan to invest $24.5 million to finish out three patient floor shells, adding 35 new patient care beds, and relocating the post coronary intervention unit (PCIU) at a cost of $2.8 million to support expanded cardiology services. The project will increase the hospital’s overall operational bed capacity from 269 beds to 294 beds.

Baylor Medical Center at Irving ED Expansion and Renovation

Location: 1901 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving

Size: 21,000 SF of New Space

Cost: $25 million

Estimated completion: TBD

Project update: The Baylor Medical Center at Irving ED project is an internal Emergency Department expansion that will nearly double the size of the current unit to over 49,000 sq.-ft., increase the number of private treatment rooms to 50 while relocating several hospital departments to other spaces within the facility.

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital

Southwest Fort Worth

Location: 6100 Harris Parkway, Fort Worth

Size: 50,000 square feet

Cost: $23 million

Estimated completion: First quarter of 2014

Project update: Expand current surgical department.

Moncrief Cancer Institute

Location: 400 West Magnolia Avenue, Fort Worth

Size: 60,000 square feet/ 4 acre site

Cost: Estimated $22 million

Estimated Completion: Fall 2012

Project update: An affiliate of UT Southwestern Medical Center, Moncrief Cancer Institute in Fort Worth includes a Survivorship Clinic, event garden, and genetic counseling unit. The facility features a demonstration kitchen offering hands-on nutrition classes and a 100-seat auditorium for patient and physician education.

The Heart Hospital at Baylor Plano

Location: 1100 Allied Drive, Plano

Size: 68,000 square feet

Cost: Not available

Estimated completion: Spring 2012

Project update: The Heart Hospital at Baylor Plano vertical expansion is a multi-phased expansion project that added 2 floors and approximately 34,000 sq.-ft. per floor to the hospital to accommodate 48 universal patient beds, enhance the first floor entrance and reconfigure departments within the hospital.

For more information on construction projects and other real estate information in the DFW region, take a look at the Dallas Regional Chamber and Texas Real Estate Council’s newest publication—the DFW Real Estate Review, available at www.DFWRealEstateReview.com. Email me and tell us about your new facility.

Sarah Carabias-Rush is managing director of economic development for the Dallas Regional Chamber. Contact her at srush@dallaschamber.org.