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I didn't see any other threads referring to this project nor could I find anything about it elsewhere...

At any rate, I saw this sign earlier in the afternoon. I wasn't sure of the intersection (I think it's Braeswood @ Cecil, and there's a traffic light there) but it is just east of Fannin in the "new" south side of the TMC.

Here's a photo of the sign w/ rendering. Pardon the quality, but it's fun to try shooting at a red light and at an odd angle nearly into the sun. :P

Guessing 24-26 floors?

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Pretty sweet... I hadn't heard about this.

Found it mentioned here in this state of Texas funding itemization. Cost: 350,000,000.

Here is the project description (7007 Bertner Avenue, Houston, TX 77030):

The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center proposes to construct the

Administrative Support Building, which will provide office space for occupants currently located

on the Main Campus and various lease sites, as well as new incremental space to support

institutional growth projections. This project constructs the shell and core of approximately

1,368,600 gross square feet and the build-out of approximately 374,000 net assignable square

feet (NASF), with the remaining 521,612 NASF shelled for future tenant build-out.

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Is this supposed to go on the Prudential Tower lot?

No, but the more MD Anderson builds, the less need for the Prudential (not a good justification, but couple that with the fact that it is not being taken care of well, then claiming it is a "sick" building).

edit - the Prudential is on Holcombe, and the OP mentioned this was on Braeswood Blvd. near Fannin.

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No, but the more MD Anderson builds, the less need for the Prudential (not a good justification, but couple that with the fact that it is not being taken care of well, then claiming it is a "sick" building).

edit - the Prudential is on Holcombe, and the OP mentioned this was on Braeswood Blvd. near Fannin.

http://www.houstonarchitecture.info/haif/i...p?showtopic=725

Here's the Prudential link.

Mapquest can't find 7007 Bertner. Bertner becomes Cecil south of Braeswood and the block number is 7000. So, this project must be going south of the bayou.

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Yup that's what I thought until somebody said something about Prudential.

It was me. I'll bet those working at the 'Pru' will move into this building after it's built and then they will tear it down. Just my speculation.

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I know the bioengineering department is still in Prudential. Unless they are going to build BioE a new building or send them somewhere else, I am guessing Prudential will stay for the time being. I doubt the bioengineers are going to the administrative building.

I think a new BioE building is supposed to replace prudential when it is demolished. Not sure when that would be though.

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I know the bioengineering department is still in Prudential. Unless they are going to build BioE a new building or send them somewhere else, I am guessing Prudential will stay for the time being. I doubt the bioengineers are going to the administrative building.

I think a new BioE building is supposed to replace prudential when it is demolished. Not sure when that would be though.

The Houston Main Building (Old Prudential) is being vacated as we speek. It was slated for decommissioning, but UTMDACC has just recently (post Ike) offered it to UTMB for temporary use. I have not heard from my source how UTMB has responded to the offer.

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Well, that would certainly appear to be the case since everything is landlocked around there.

A thing about certain appearances. A pastor told me a couple of years ago that if a person comes into an auditorium and the seats are 70% occupied, they feel like there are no seats left for them. It's a cute little factoid until you realize that your socially practical capacity is barely two thirds of what your serious estimates thought you were putting in. The TMC is pretty crowded at its core (at least in the sense that all the land is institutionally spoken for and sat on; there's still a lot of vertical expansion that could take place), but when you skim around you are struck by nothing so much as its peripheral seas of surface parking more prevalent than anything downtown in the 1970s. Once you start to map it out, Baylor's destruction of the Parkwood live oak grove was more for deed convenience than anything. There is one king-hell of a lot of room to expand, and if anybody needed 60Msf instead of the current 30 it'd comfortably double along OST alone without crossing Murworth or Almeda. And probably will. It's just that deed consolidation makes the westward neighborhoods psychologically seem more impermeable than they've really got to be, so that after Hermann Park standing to the north, people just get that seventy percent feeling right out their ears.

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Since nobody has figured it out, what MDACC needs to start doing is building arcologies. Just have a jenga grid of 20' deep trusses, and lab, office or clinic modules can be rotated in and out of the infrastructure as various TMC institutions need flex space faster than they can design shell expansions.

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So has this project already started? If not, when is the estimated construction start date? All I can see from the photo is some fences...

As posted above:

"The environmental permit mentions an August '08 start date with construction ending in December 2012."

4 yrs...Seems kinda slow for a TMC project. Most things are done in less than 2 yrs. It is a massive structure though, and there are probably other issues regarding the construction.

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Yeah and if it actually did start back in August, I think we would see more than some fences. But what do I know about construction?

Lol yeah. Of course, you probably know something about Houston's infamous "soil testing" issues...

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Yeah and if it actually did start back in August, I think we would see more than some fences. But what do I know about construction?

It's kinda hard to see since the photo is small, but at the center of the photo there is a rather deep excavation site with the perimiter walls already shored up with the piles already driven.

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So has this project already started? If not, when is the estimated construction start date? All I can see from the photo is some fences...

Yes, construction has started. Here's a pic from December. Theres two cranes in the pic as well that are most likely for the tower.

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From Photolitherland on www.skyscraperpage.com

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Wow. Only last week they were announcing the possibility of layoffs at UTMDACC. I wonder how many people will get the boot so they can pay for this monster.

Well, its not like they can just stop buiding the thing. - am sure everything has been taken care of long before UTMD started having issues.

Additionally, once this thing is completed, it will be a money maker.

Think of it as a capital improvement.

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This thing is going to be huge and will really extend the Texas Medical Center skyline to the South. This is South of Main across Brays Bayou from the rest of the cluster of buildings. As of this morning, it appears to be on floor #6. Also, Baylor's Hospital is starting to get covered with the reflective glass. It's going to be a lot nicer than their professional office building (boring box).

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Is that the Baylor hospital that they were supposed to be putting on hold?

Does anybody know the address or cross street of the MD Anderson construction? What I see from my office looks like it might be Braeswood and Wyndale-ish area (it's a bit hard to tell and I can only see part of the crane).

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Baylor will continue to finish the exterior of the hospital but they wont build out the interior spaces. I am betting they are waiting on what will happen with Rice U. If they do indeed merge, look for Rice to try and flip the property. It could easily become a nice research facility since it's so close to the South Campus.

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Baylor will continue to finish the exterior of the hospital but they wont build out the interior spaces. I am betting they are waiting on what will happen with Rice U. If they do indeed merge, look for Rice to try and flip the property. It could easily become a nice research facility since it's so close to the South Campus.

Research facilities (laboratories) have a fundamentally different layout and infrastructure to hospitals (patient rooms, theatres). If the interior build out has gone beyond a certain point it may cost more to reconfigure than to just tear it down and start over. This being H-town, there's even more reason to think that would happen.

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Is that the Baylor hospital that they were supposed to be putting on hold?

Does anybody know the address or cross street of the MD Anderson construction? What I see from my office looks like it might be Braeswood and Wyndale-ish area (it's a bit hard to tell and I can only see part of the crane).

I remember looking this up recently. If I remember correctly, it's the same street that runs alongside the "Pru", but on the other side of the bayou.

Edit: Nope. I was thinking Bertner, but Bertner changes to Cecil South of Braeswood. It looks like it will be east of Selma, between Ave. G, where that parking lot is (was).

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Research facilities (laboratories) have a fundamentally different layout and infrastructure to hospitals (patient rooms, theatres). If the interior build out has gone beyond a certain point it may cost more to reconfigure than to just tear it down and start over. This being H-town, there's even more reason to think that would happen.

From what I can see from my patio, they haven't done anything to the interior other than put up the load bearing walls. Also, from what I remember reading, it's pretty much just being built now as shell space that anyone can come in and fix to their liking later.

I'd have to imagine that there might be some interested parties in that property whether it be a VA Expansion (it's right across Cambridge St), a research arm of UT Health Science Center, or even just professional office space ala the gay pride building that just went up at Holcombe (has anyone else seen the night time rainbow lights?).

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From what I can see from my patio, they haven't done anything to the interior other than put up the load bearing walls. Also, from what I remember reading, it's pretty much just being built now as shell space that anyone can come in and fix to their liking later.

I'd have to imagine that there might be some interested parties in that property whether it be a VA Expansion (it's right across Cambridge St), a research arm of UT Health Science Center, or even just professional office space ala the gay pride building that just went up at Holcombe (has anyone else seen the night time rainbow lights?).

Are you referring to the new Life Science center by Kirksey?

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I'd have to imagine that there might be some interested parties in that property whether it be a VA Expansion (it's right across Cambridge St), a research arm of UT Health Science Center, or even just professional office space ala the gay pride building that just went up at Holcombe (has anyone else seen the night time rainbow lights?).

You mean this Memorial Hermann building? I wish the lights would just slowly change through all of those colors, but it's been pretty crazy looking every time I've seen it.

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I just noticed that this building was also by Kirksey.

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I think the Hermann building + lights is really cool, personally... and not "gay" in any way.

There's a rumor that St. Luke's might be interested in the Baylor hospital, but there are all sorts of issues that may make it impossible. There's no way the VA would expand, especially into a facility that size.

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