As the master plan architect for CHI Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, ESa conducted a site feasibility study and masterplan to guide the relocation of this medical center to a new campus. The scope of the master plan included two campuses: Baylor St. Luke’s Hospital at the Texas Medical Center and Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center at the nearby McNair Campus.

The McNair medical campus, located on approximately 33 acres near the Texas Medical Center, is adjacent to a planned research development. Relocation of the hospital program to the McNair campus and the joint venture between Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Baylor College of Medicine will assist the client in attaining goals for international recognition of cutting-edge medical treatment, research and physician recruitment.

Goals of the masterplan included promoting human-centered experiences through integrating nature, technology, intuitive wayfinding, convenient parking and increased patient privacy and safety. The site was planned to accommodate a facility with 550 inpatient beds, the Cardiovascular Center of Excellence, the Oncology program and future medical office space.

The current McNair campus included 1.3 million square feet of existing space.  ESa’s scope of work also includes designing services for the remaining 563,000 square feet of shelled space to complete the build-out of a 230-bed facility, as well as clinical and ancillary services to support up to 550 beds. Existing building surveys were performed to determine the status of the building shell, which had remained dormant for a number of years. Evaluation of internal and external wayfinding elements and separation of staff and inpatient activity from the flow of the general public were important factors impacting departmental organization. Integration of leading-edge medical technology and diagnostic services will include hybrid operating rooms, image-guided operating rooms and PET scan imaging testing.