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  1. Found an awesome magazine called Modern Hospital, released 1952-11: Vol 79 Iss 5. You can read the publication on archive.org. Great website for historical items! As with any library, you can "check out" any book/magazine and "return it" an hour later. The magazine shows an in-depth look at the Texas Medical Center portfolio (in the ~1950s) including floor plans of old hospitals! I might create new threads with the information I found, but I wanted to focus on the Jefferson Davis Hospital In The Texas Medical Center. A proposal in 1950 included a Jefferson Davis Hospital to the west of Baylor College of Medicine's Cullen Building. Looks like this would be located near the present-day DeBakey Library and Museum located at 6450 East Cullen Street. Actually, it looks to be the whole area west, so all the space before Memorial Hermann's Robertson Pavilion. Proposed New Jefferson Davis Hospital Architects: Alfred C. Finn, Maddox & Johnson, Houston. Prime consideration in planning Jefferson Davis Hospital was given to the operation of the hospital in order to conserve personnel, time in providing patient care, and to reduce to a minimum the possibility of cross infection. The entire project has been so planned that all phases of the plant can be expanded without undue inconvenience to operation. Simplicity of design and economy of constriction are also important in planning for a minimum of maintenance. The nursing unit is the major theme in setting the pattern of the structure. Four nursing units are arranged on a floor in the “double pavilion” plan. Each wing contains two regular wards of five units providing beds for 31 acutely ill patients. Between the two wards is a central core that provides space for utilities, baths, treatment and examination rooms and other facilities in common. Number 8:
  2. Found this rendering of the Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital Campus. I don't think it was built as proposed. The tower definitely did not get built. June 16, 1971. An $80 million medical complex will be constructed at Beechnut and the Southwest Freeway it was announced Friday, by a spokesman for Memorial Baptist Hospital System.
  3. BioHouston engineers footprint for new biotech business park By Mary Ann Azevedo - Houston Business Journal - Aug 13, 2006 https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/stories/2006/08/14/story6.html Despite the underlying notion of dueling biotech parks, the planners behind a new biotech resource center and business park that was announced this week insist the venture will not compete with the nearby UT Research Park. BioHouston outlined plans this week for the new BioHouston Resource Center and Genesis Biotechnology Park, a conglomeration of office and lab space designed to assist start-up life science companies on the road to commercialization. The Houston-based organization plans to move its headquarters from the Houston Technology Center in Midtown to the new biotech park at 2555 Holly Hall near the intersection of El Rio, which is about a mile south of the Texas Medical Center. Sixteen life science companies already lease space in the six-building area, which will now be known as the Genesis Biotechnology Park, according to BioHouston President and CEO Jacqueline Northcut Waugh. Those companies include Introgen Therapeutics Inc., PLx Pharma Inc., Nanospectra Biosciences Inc. and ThromboVision Inc. Waugh says Genesis Biotechnology Park will not compete -- and will collaborate -- with the much-ballyhooed UT Research Park, a joint venture between The University of Texas M.D. Anderson and the UT Health Science Center at Houston that is also located in the Med Center. Waugh says the Genesis Park is more about creating a conglomeration of life science firms than building real estate from the ground up. The landlord of the six buildings that make up the park, Western General Holding Co., "gets the concept of biotechnology," says Waugh, and as such, has created a welcoming environment for life science start-ups.
  4. I was looking for the two renderings of this proposed development by Lyme Properties. Does anyone have this in their archives? Thanks- Lyme launches large life sciences project By Jennifer Dawson – Houston Business Journal Nov 14, 2004 A national developer of life sciences properties plans to construct a 500,000-square-foot building near the expanding Texas Medical Center. This will be the first Houston project for Lyme Properties, which is based in Hanover, N.H., and calls itself the third-largest life sciences property developer in the country. Lyme has acquired two acres for the project at 1911 Holcombe Blvd., between the Ronald McDonald House and The Spires high-rise condominiums. Preliminary plans call for 350,000 square feet of medical office space, with the remaining 125,000 square feet earmarked for research and lab operations. The building will also include parking, and have roughly 25,000 square feet for a restaurant. The Lyme building is currently in the design phase, so the final concept may be tweaked a bit over the next six to nine months. The firm has been interviewing architects and contractors for the local development. https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/stories/2004/11/15/story3.html
  5. I was browsing the newspaper The Bellaire Texan dated December 3, 1986 and came across an article about a proposed replacement for the aging Memorial Hermann Robertson Pavilion. A replacement for RP has been known for nearly 20 years. I wonder the hold up? I'm guessing the MH board of directors/foundation does not want to demolish the historic building. Bernard Johnson, Inc. was the architect who designed the hospital. Very cool find! I love old TMC proposals.
  6. I was browsing the newspaper The Texan dated December 31, 1986 and came across a Shamrock Hotel demolition story. There was a proposed development by the TMC called "South Main Addition of the Texas Medical Center" located on South Main & Holcombe. Despite public outcry and organized protests, the historic Shamrock Hilton Hotel will soon go down in dust. Texas Medical Center (TMC) officials announced Monday, December 29 the 37-year-old landmark hotel will be demolished to make way for as many as eight high-rise buildings designed for medical research, education, and patient care. TMC officials said later extensive study their only option is to remove the former hotel structure and start from scratch. The total project, as currently planned, would probably cost between $300 and $500 million officials estimated, providing thousands of construction job within the next few years and adding thousands of permanent jobs upon completion. A planning model of the 22.6-acre site, now called South Main Addition to the Texas Medical Center, was recently unveiled. Four towers are planned for the west side of Main Street, along with a possible main building for the 546.8-acre TMC campus. Two or three additional high-rise buildings would be located on the land across South Main along Gales Street. Two large areas are contemplated for fountains and gardens.
  7. McGovern Historical Center posted a make a gift statement. In that image there is a never seen before tower next to the Texas Medical Center Library at 1133 John Freeman Blvd. Very cool! Anyone have more information on the proposal?
  8. McGovern Historical Center posted this proposed building by Pond and Bellamy. I can see the original St. Lukes Hospital in the background. This places this building about where the TMC Commons is at 6550 Bertner Ave. Very cool development! https://www.instagram.com/mcgovernhrc/
  9. Found this cool concept building for the Texas Medical Center the other day.
  10. Anyone remember details about this? I was trying to see if there were any concept renderings. This was going to be located to where the (now) the UT Research Park Complex is. All the TMC players were involved. This was the original TMC3 if you will. This project was proposed in 2001. I'll post a few articles for reference.
  11. Is this an active proposal? Houston Medical Towers 1,000,000 sf, 41-story, 400 units, 480,000 sf residential, 200,000 sf hospitality, with 190 keys, 10,000 sf retail 300 parking spaces Architect Solomon Cordwell Buenz http://www.phila.gov/historical/Documents/Exhibit R(4).pdf
  12. So recently I've picked up an interest in the late Shamrock Hotel, but this especially caught my eye: Glenn McCarthy. I'm curious as to whether there are any renderings of this--an indoor shopping complex seems very forward thinking and probably would be the first true indoor regional mall if built. Anyone have more details on this? Wyatt C. Hedrick (often misspelled as Wyatt C. Hendrick)
  13. Arquitectonica’s brash, postmodern design for the International Medical Complex Building (1982, not built). It was to have been built at Main Street and Old Main Street one block north of Holcombe Boulevard. The International Medical Complex was to have a six-story base containing a shopping mall on the ground level with a parking garage above it. On top of the garage were to be two, sculptural freestanding towers, one containing a hotel and the other medical offices. It was proposed in 1982 and, needless to say, the real estate crash in Houston that followed almost immediately killed plans for its construction. Edit:
  14. Saw this on the Houston Bus Journal site: Medistar tests medical mall marketHouston Business Journal - by Jennifer Dawson Houston Business Journal The prolific developer wants to create a high-rise medical mall that would cater to Houston's health care hub -- the Texas Medical Center. Hourani, CEO of Houston-based Medistar Corp., has spent decades developing health care-related facilities. Now he wants to build something unique to Houston's medical community. Medistar plans to spend between $175 million and $200 million to develop at least a 600,000-square-foot building that would be located just outside of Texas Medical Center boundaries, on Medistar-owned land. The high-rise would house offices and showrooms for companies that sell equipment, supplies and pharmaceuticals to Texas Medical Center institutions. Tenants could also include organizations working to develop new medical technologies and treatments. http://houston.bizjournals.com/houston/sto...1496400^1581793
  15. EXCLUSIVE REPORTS From the January 28, 2005 print edition First effort calls for mixed-use project over transit center Jennifer Dawson Houston Business Journal The Metropolitan Transit Authority's first venture into stimulating real estate development along light rail is geared toward putting a mixed-use project on an existing transit center. Todd Mason's initial mission as a recently appointed Metro vice president is to identify private developers who might be interested in constructing a high-rise project for possible retail, restaurant, condo or medical office tenants over the TMC Transit Center at Fannin and Pressler. The Texas Medical Center site doubles as a combination light rail stop and terminal where buses pick up and drop off passengers. Mason plans on sending a request for qualifications to hundreds of developers within the next two months. His goal is to find a list of prospects with the capability and experience to handle such a significant project on the 4.5-acre site. Metro gained full-time access to Mason's services by signing a five-year, $2 million contract with McDade Smith Gould Johnston Mason + Co. The real estate firm's name principal and chief financial officer occupies an office in Metro's new downtown headquarters, where his duties include promoting commercial development on or near Metro properties and handling all of Metro's real estate holdings. Mason's description of his job would apply more to a for-hire contractor than a full-time employee. "Metro has outsourced their real estate department to me," Mason says. "The primary goal is to take their transit centers and park-and-ride lots that have real estate value beyond a parking lot, and get them into the private sector for joint venture-type deals." Open for ideas The inaugural effort to put a mixed-use project on a Medical Center transit hub could determine the feasibility and direction of future Metro real estate development. While hundreds will receive requests for qualifications, Mason expects to be dealing with a select few. "What I hope is we can narrow it down to six or less truly qualified developers," he says. Metro would then conduct one-on-one negotiations to see what sort of deals could be structured with various developers. Mason hopes to make a final selection for the project by June. The TMC Transit Center project is wide open for development ideas at this point. Metro may do a ground lease or sell air rights to a developer, Mason says. Or the transit agency could enter into a joint venture with a developer on the project. One likely prospect is the Morgan Group Inc., a Houston-based apartment builder with experience in developing transit-related projects in California. Company CEO Michael Morgan says the Metro project sounds interesting, but unless incentives are offered it might be difficult to turn a profit. "The Med Center is a good market, but everything is rent-sensitive," Morgan explains. "Land prices have gotten so high that it's very hard to make apartment numbers work any more." Mason points out that Metro may be able to help make the numbers work because the transit authority has other revenue potential from the deal. In addition to receiving lease payments, the development would funnel money to Metro through increased ridership and an expanded tax base, Mason says. "I don't have to get nearly as high of a return on real estate as a traditional land owner," Mason says. "In many ways, it could save on what the cost of land is." Rising demand in one of the city's hottest sub-markets also could affect financial arrangements. Paul Layne of Trizec Properties says he is not familiar with Metro's plan, but suggests a high-rise project makes sense because the Med Center area has nowhere to go but up. "I think the idea of going vertical in the Texas Medical Center has proven to be a logical element of life because of the incredible density they have there," Layne says. "That's smart business." Fee sharing Commercial developer David Wolff came up with the idea of retaining private real estate professionals following his appointment as Metro board chairman in 2004. Wolff and Metro President Frank Wilson interviewed several firms before hiring McDade Smith, Mason says. "We'll make Metro a very business-friendly, forward-thinking entity," says Mason. "I think I can create value for them." For $400,000 a year, Metro gets Mason on a full-time basis, as well as McDade Smith broker Jeff Lindenberger and an administrative person. "We had to have the base fee if I was going to devote all of my time to the account," Mason says. "We worked out a compensation package that incentified me." As Metro properties are bought and sold, McDade Smith will attach regular brokerage fees to the transactions. Metro will receive 75 percent of the commission revenue until the agency's $400,000 investment is recovered in any given year. If brisk real estate activity pushes the amount past the $400,000 mark, the brokerage fee revenue will be split 50-50 between Metro and the real estate firm, Mason says. The transit authority also gains access to the experienced McDade Smith team as part of the contract. "Two heads are better than one. Fifteen heads are better than two," Mason says. Estimating income from development deals along rail lines may be difficult at this point, but Mason's status as Metro's real estate czar provides access to other revenue streams. A big share of the brokerage team's earnings could come in divesting Metro properties, an activity that has received little attention in the past. Metro owns some 1,500 sites around Houston, and it's Mason's job to help determine the worth of each one. Looking ahead Market demand and Metro's ownership of the property made the TMC Transit Center a logical place to test the real estate development waters. But existing design factors also attracted Mason. The center consists of a series of bus platforms and stairs that climb to a skybridge and link to the light rail stop on Fannin. The skybridge one day will connect to a University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center building scheduled for construction. Instead of building upon an existing base structure, a developer would have to design a project that could be constructed above the platforms and moored to the ground. "It's already designed to be able to build a high-rise on that site with the transit center below it," explains Mason. "They put the footings into the ground to be able to build a high-rise above the transit center." Mason envisions more than one tower being constructed, possibly a high-rise and a midrise. With the wheels set in motion, Mason already is looking at a second possible development site -- the 6.7-acre Wheeler-Blodgett station. Mason says he won't move forward until the Federal Transportation Administration makes a recommendation as to whether another rail line could eventually intersect and increase the site's value. Somewhere down the road, other development possibilities may include strip retail centers at various park-and-ride lots or multifamily developments on or near them, he says. Switching to his sales agent hat, Mason says one site that may soon be declared surplus Metro property could attract quite a bit of attention from buyers. The 12-acre tract occupied by an underutilized park-and-ride is located next to a Wal-Mart north of Interstate 10 and west of the Beltway. Mason's goals over the next five years are to maximize Metro's real estate holdings and capitalize on transit center land values. "It's an opportunity to do something really neat for the city of Houston," Mason says. "If we're successful, I think we can put some things on the map."
  16. Adams Petroleum Company Building Proposal At 6910 Fannin St. https://houstonhistorymagazine.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/archives-barthelme.pdf As Barthelme’s reputation grew, Kenneth S. “Bud” Adams, Jr. (1923–2013), was making his own mark in the oil industry. His father was head of Phillips Petroleum Company in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. After the war, the younger Adams moved to Houston and founded the Ada Oil Company. By the mid-1950s, ready for larger offices, he purchased a thirteen-acre tract of land at the edge of the city, on Fannin Street at Brays Bayou. Across the street the Prudential Insurance Company had just erected its new regional headquarters building. They seemed to be the leading edge of a movement, with many businesses poised to abandon the downtown business district for suburban locations. Hoping to capitalize on that trend, Adams decided to develop his large property as a mixed-use complex with office, retail, and residential components, to be known as the Adams Petroleum Center. To give credibility to such a speculative venture, Adams wanted a high-profile architect and chose Donald Barthelme to help him. Completing such a complex would take years, so Barthelme planned to build it in stages. Phase I, a low three-story building, would house the Ada Oil Company offices. When completed, this building would serve as the base structure for Phase II, a fourteen-story tower for outside tenants, to be erected above it. The brash and colorful Adams had big plans for the rest of the complex. Phases III and IV would include office buildings, parking garages, retail shops, and residential apartments. Adams abruptly abandoned the scheme and even declined to add the tower to his own modest building. By then he had turned his attention to another project. In August 1959, in the conference room Barthelme had designed for him, Adams and Dallas oil man Lamar Hunt announced the creation of the new American Football League. Adams would own the Houston franchise, Hunt the one in Dallas.11 Adams now planned to use the undeveloped land for offices and practice fields for his football team, to be called the Houston Oilers.
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