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John Sealy Modernization

Construction update

Aug 18, 2017, 05:54 AM by Stephen Hadley

John Sealy Modernization
UTMB’s three campuses continue to experience growth and expansion.
The following are some of the projects currently underway across the institution:

John Sealy Hospital Modernization:
The renovations to the façade on the north side of John Sealy Hospital’s AB wing are 90 percent completed. When both wings are finished at the Galveston Campus hospital, the façade will resemble the exterior of Jennie Sealy Hospital with glass running the building’s length and new brick to match Jennie Sealy’s. In addition, the interior of John Sealy Hospital is being renovated with larger and updated patient rooms. The renovated hospital is expected to be operational by 2020.

League City Campus Expansion Projects
Crews are nearly 80 percent finished with expanding the site utilities across the campus to support the new MD Anderson Cancer Center outpatient treatment center, which is expected to open next year, as well as future building expansion. Completion is set for October.
UTMB Clinic: Construction of the UTMB Clinic on the second level of the MD Anderson Cancer Center facility is expected to start this fall and features 9,100 square feet of multi-purpose clinic space, 12 flex examination rooms and two treatment rooms. Activation is set for next summer with the first patient anticipated in fall 2018.
Parking Garage and Bridge: The new, seven-story parking garage with an attached 33,000 square foot multi-use building and connecting bridge will begin construction this summer and is expected to reach substantial completion by May 2018.
Phase II Expansion: Construction of the five-story South Tower—which includes 60 additional patient beds on two floors—will begin in March 2018 with the expansion set to be operational by 2020.

Health Education Center

Structural top-out of the Health Education Center on the Galveston Campus will take place this winter. Current work taking place on the site, located just south of the School of Nursing/School of Health Professions Building, includes completion of below-grade structural components such as pier caps and elevator pits. In addition, column mock-ups for the building’s structure have been approved for workmanship, quality and finish and exterior column placement is now taking place (see photo at right). The Health Education Center is expected to be operational by spring 2019.

Research Building 17
Current work at Research Building 17E on the Galveston Campus includes installation of exterior metal wall panels and painting on the interior on the first three levels. Facility will be operational in September.