Consulting Engineering

Alkek Tower

MD AndersonHouston, Texas

Located in the heart of the Houston Medical Center, the Alkek Building is the main in-patient hospital complex for The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The original 12-story, 500,000+ square foot hospital was constructed in the late 1990's. Ten years later, a 500,000 square foot vertical and horizontal expansion was undertaken to add a 12-story addition above the existing 12-story hospital.

CMTA provided engineering design services for the Floor 12 Renovation project. Floor 12 was the top floor of the original hospital and had only received minor updates and renovations since it was originally constructed. This project consisted of a full floor renovation to facilitate the use of technologies consistent with those being used for patient care on the upper expansion floors. The existing protective environment rooms on the east side of the floor were demolished and 18 new rooms for palliative care were built in their place. New HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and lighting was provided on the east side to accommodate the palliative care patients.

The west side of the floor was renovated to accommodate a cancer specialty area. New HVAC terminal boxes and lighting were provided to replace and upgrade the existing.

Because the hospital was fully occupied, the design and construction had to be phased to minimize disruption to patients and hospital staff. Construction on this $240,000,000 project was complete in September, 2021.