Balfour Beatty selected for $533m Texas hospital project

The British developer will renovate and expand the Texas Medical Center campus in the city of Houston.

Balfour Beatty has been awarded a $533 million contract for a hospital renovation and expansion project in Houston, Texas, according to a statement.

The complex project for the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System (MHHS) is to renovate and expand the Texas Medical Center campus in the city of Houston. It includes building a 17-storey hospital, implementing a building control system for the entire campus and ensuring all hospital services function fully throughout the four year construction timeframe, which starts imminently, the statement said.

“This latest programme is a response to increasing healthcare needs as the population of the Houston area grows,” said Mark Layman, chief executive of Balfour Beatty’s US construction business.

Balfour Beatty has a 27-year relationship with MHHS, and has delivered more than 225 improvement projects for it.

The new Hermann Pavilion 2 hospital will provide the Texas Medical Center with 24 additional operating theatres, further emergency rooms and intensive care wards, 160 new patient beds and six floors to further expand both wards and operating facilities, according to the statement.

Connecting all building controls and fire alarm systems onto one platform for the entire campus will improve MHHS’s overall control of systems and deliver significant energy consumption savings, it added.