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Texas Children’s Hospital Neurological Research Institute

Project Cost: $215,000,000

Texas Children’s Hospital Neurological Research Institute

The 370,000-sq-ft Texas Children’s Hospital Neurological Research Institute is an expansion of the Texas Children’s Hospital system. The new hospital will be the first facility of its kind in the United States to use a multidisciplinary research approach and will be dedicated to understanding the unique issues of a child’s brain structure, development patterns and related diseases. Also, because much of this work will be done at the genetic level, it is anticipated that findings will have an impact on research related to adult afflictions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

Unique design elements include a twisted tower with four columns that leaned four degrees out of the vertical plane. Slab edges rotated on the building on the way up.

The project was located in a confined site. Crews conducted concrete pours at night to avoid traffic.

Key Facts

Location: Houston
Start/completion dates: March 2008/March 2010
Owner: Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston
General contractor: Tellepsen Builders, Houston
Architect: Perkins + Will, Houston
Structural engineer: Walter P Moore, Houston
MEP engineer: Burnis Delattie & McCoy, Houston
Major subcontractor: Xavier Structures, Houston


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