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My question is, "Can construction noise (and at what decible level) begin before 7am?"

no - not before 7am. and during the day, it must be limited to 85 decibels at your property line.

it is in section 30-9(e):

http://www.houstontx.gov/codes/codes30.pdf

Lisa Gray at the Chron wrote a couple of articles about noise recently. seems that folks living in unincorporated areas don't have much recourse at all, while in Houston, our regulations are pretty strict.

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On October 30th that 60-year-old urban forest of healthy live-oak and pine trees that inhabited the former Parkwood site officially bit the dust. The developer saved a few around the edges. Cambridge Street between OST and Holcombe has reopened and construction seems to be progressing on the bayou bridge north of Holcombe. A large concrete structure is well underway at the far northeastern edge of the Baylor property. There seems to be sitework on the large empty lot facing Cambridge one block south of Holcombe, in Devonshire. The foundations for a number of townhouses have been poured a block west of there.

The tree removal has opened a new and somewhat ominous view of the south side of the main TMC campus. It seems much closer to OST than before. (The view I'm speaking of is looking north from the corner of Cambridge Street and Old Spanish Trail.) I'm not a treehugger but I hate it that all those trees are gone. If any of you can remember what the SW corner of Richmond and Kirby looked like before that strip center was built (late 70s?) you have an idea what the much larger Parkwood parcel looked like after the apartments were removed.

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The tree removal has opened a new and somewhat ominous view of the south side of the main TMC campus. It seems much closer to OST than before. (The view I'm speaking of is looking north from the corner of Cambridge Street and Old Spanish Trail.)
Yep, I noticed that effect a couple days ago while shopping; although I personally wouldn't call it ominous. And the views of all the cranes from along Cambridge just south of OST (behind the Kroger) are also breathtaking. Edited by TheNiche
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KHOU, Channel 11, ran a story last Thursday dealing with construction noise eminating from Tellepsen contractors on the BCM new hospital. http://www.khou.com/news/local/stories/kho...e.aac17d6c.html

Sure is noisy over here in Devonshire Place.

They're baaack!

Yesterday Centerpoint began digging a 12-16' deep trench on Wyndale to bury aan electrical conduit to provide more power to BCM construction.

The City issued a permit to work from 7 PM - 5 AM!!!

Boy was it noisy, dusty, and bright last night at 10:00 PM at the intersection of Staffordshire & Wyndale. Do we have a noise ordinance? Could this cutting of the street be accomplished during daytime hours? Am I on somebody's "payback" list?

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So I heard a rumor Baylor is having some financial issues and may have trouble staffing and operating this hospital once it is built out... Anyone know what the deal is?

I have heard that the Administration has increased the payment of EACH clinic from 10% to 20% of clinic revenues. That's tough when insurance payments and Medicare cut-backs are already major problems to many practices. But ermember, this is only heresay. I can't verify it. :doh:

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They ran out of money which is no surprise since there wasn't sufficient funding for the billion dollar hospital in the first place. That's what happens with an organization run by a bunch of egotistical physicians with knee jerk reactions. With the possibility of socialized medicine on the horizon they have no chance of ever paying for this project. I look for them to put the place up for sale although it's doubtful they will find a buyer.

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Has anybody heard about the potential Rice/BCM merger? I wonder how that might affect this.

This was released today:

March 26, 2009

To the faculties, staffs and students of Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine:

We are pleased to announce that the governing boards of Rice and BCM this week approved the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that lays out a broad framework for formal negotiations about a possible merger of our two institutions.

While no decision on a merger has yet been made and many issues remain to be resolved, our boards have concluded that a closer affiliation has abundant potential benefits for both institutions, as well as for our home city of Houston. Months of informal discussions have confirmed that the missions and aspirations of our two institutions are in fact closely aligned, that both institutions would benefit in many ways from a merger and that, together, Rice and BCM could be one of the world's leading research universities.

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They ran out of money which is no surprise since there wasn't sufficient funding for the billion dollar hospital in the first place. That's what happens with an organization run by a bunch of egotistical physicians with knee jerk reactions. With the possibility of socialized medicine on the horizon they have no chance of ever paying for this project. I look for them to put the place up for sale although it's doubtful they will find a buyer.

Actually, if you look at the board roster, most of them are not physicians, they are CEO's, chairman, lawyers, etc.. So, its actually a bunch of incompetent folks who know nothing about academic medicine.

Board Members

* Mrs. Barbara B. Allbritton

Director and Executive Vice President,

Allbritton Communications Company

* Mr. Robert H. Allen (Chair of the BCM Board)

Private Investor

* Mrs. Laura Elena Mu

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For a month now, I have seen workers digging, adding more light poles, and other stuff that is hidden from view.

Does anyone have an update since BCM has a new president? :unsure:

We've heard that it is costing Baylor close to $100,000.00 per month, just to maintain it as is.

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It would be nice if they kept their lights off! I have noticed that the entire building has lights on all night long.

Turning their lights off would save them some money, but I'm sure that there must be a logical explanation for keeping the lights on. Maybe they are required by the city while construction continues? Otherwise, I can't explain why they would keep them on.

We've heard that it is costing Baylor close to $100,000.00 per month, just to maintain it as is.

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The latest alumni newsletter had a feature on two new alumni members of BCM's board, and they were both talking like outpatient care is the future of treatment  (as though Baylor is now not planning to build out the translational-medicine bench-to-bedside hospital once planned).  If Baylor begins going head to head with the private physicians, it hasn't been good for town-gown relations anywhere else.

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http://www.bisnow.com/commercial-real-estate/houston/708-the-deal-sheet/

 

DEVELOPMENT

 
 
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Ken Hoge

Baylor College of Medicine's unfinished hospital is getting new life. Construction stalled in '09, but now Baylor and St. Luke's (now owned by Catholic Health Initiative) are partnering to complete and operate the property, which will be called Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center and will open next year. (Above, the team at the announcement ceremony.) The property sits at Old Spanish Trail and Cambridge on Baylor's 35-acre McNair Campus and will eventually replace St. Luke's Hospital on Bertner Avenue. Baylor's partnership with CHI St. Luke's is unique; medical schools usually affiliate with systems but aren't part owners with them.

 
 
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The exterior of Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center (pictured) is already complete, and some of the interior is as well. The first phase of its build-out will be a 250-bed inpatient facility opening spring 2015. A second phase, adding 400 beds, will complete in 2018. The partnership will also develop a new cardiovascular center and comprehensive cancer center on the campus. Catholic Health Initiatives has not decided the fate of the current St. Luke's Hospital building, but has announced that the property, which was built in 1954, would be expensive to renovate.

 

 

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Was just talking about this site a couple days ago.

the next day there's an article on HBJ.

 

second tower is planned. not sure if this is new info.

 

 

http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/blog/2014/10/exclusive-first-look-at-the-baylor-college-of.html

The 1.2 million-square-foot facility is in various stages of completion, renovation and construction, with the next wave of openings slated for January. In addition to the current construction plans, there are also plans for a second patient tower as well as a medical office building. Construction of the second patient tower is estimated to start in November 2015, and the office building could begin within the year

 

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/blog/2015/05/baylor-st-lukes-to-move-forward-on-mcnair-campus.html

The Baylor College of Medicine and CHI St. Luke's Health appear to be moving forward on construction at the Baylor St. Luke's McNair campus in the Texas Medical Center.

CHI Baylor St. Luke's filed $16 million worth of building permits with the city of Houston last week. Two of the permits list hospital build-outs valued at $8 million and $4 million, and the third permit is for a hospital remodel, valued at $4 million.

The new McNair campus hospital is a big focus for the Baylor College of Medicine and CHI St. Luke's. The campus opened in January, and during a tour in October, Charles Gianfagna, the commissioning officer for the master facility plan, had said there were plans to build a second patient tower, as well as a medical office building possibly as early as November of this year.

It will become the primary hospital for the Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center, and will eventually replace CHI St. Luke's hospital in the TMC, officials have told the HBJ.

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$16 million is a pretty minor commitment. We'll have to see if they get to that second patient tower.

The permits for $16 million are just for remodeling and build outs on the current buildings on site. The second tower and office building will have their own separate permits.

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^^^ whenever these two medical powerhouses decide to build upward, they are not known for their ultra conservative edifices.  therefore, i am looking for their brand new medical towers to be showstoppers!


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http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/blog/2015/11/baylor-st-lukes-plans-to-move-forward-with-new.html

 

Baylor College of Medicine and CHI St. Luke's Health have plans to move forward on a second patient tower at their Baylor St. Luke's McNair Campus near theTexas Medical Center.

 

The organization is moving forward with the design and planning for the second tower, with more information to be released in December, according to CHI St. Luke's spokeswoman Ty Morrison. Plans for a second patient tower were first announced in October 2014. There are also conversations around adding a second office building to the campus.

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I was born at St Lukes. Will they tear it down and build something else?

The HBJ article referred to the tower as outdated. It doesn't sound good. I spent the last new years eve with my wife at St. Luke's watching fireworks in the distance while she and the children slept.  It is painful to think of its demise. 

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Plans for the existing medical center facilities are still being discussed.

 

"We're considering all of our options with it and have a lot of ideas on the table," Keathley said. "In the next couple of months our plans will become much more clear."

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/real-estate/article/Work-proceeds-on-massive-health-care-campus-at-TMC-6706134.php#photo-9128060

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