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Health Education Center

Construction Update

Jan 8, 2019, 16:13 PM by Stephen Hadley

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John Sealy Hospital modernization 

John Sealy Hospital, which was built in 1978 and served as our hub for inpatient care for nearly four decades, is undergoing a complete interior and exterior renovation. When complete in 2020, John Sealy Hospital’s exterior will look much like our Jennie Sealy Hospital—which opened in 2016—and will include spacious patient rooms and all new equipment and furnishings. 

  • The current work is focused on the hospital’s AB Wing, which includes spaces for C-Section operating rooms, Labor & Delivery rooms and Neonatal Intensive Care unit. This will allow UTMB to relocate all inpatient care from the older John Sealy Annex. 
  • Once the AB wing renovations are complete, all patient care from the CD wing will be relocated to allow renovation of that zone to begin. 

Image of John Sealy Construction

Health Education Center 
UTMB’s new Health Education Center will add much-needed classroom space and a new auditorium, as well as education and conference space, to accommodate our growing student population. When it becomes operational this summer, the HEC will provide interprofessional education opportunities to students and include simulation centers where they can practice a wide range of skills in a low-risk, high-realism environment. 

  • The current activities in progress includes terrazzo flooring, wall finishes and exterior paving. 
  • Construction in the pedestrian plaza between HEC and the existing Schools of Nursing and Health Professions Building will continue with completion in the fall. 

Research Building 17E 

New six-story building opened late last year enables UTMB to increase our research capacity and provides ample space to expand our research enterprise in the future. 

  • The initial building scope and the buildout of sixth-floor research area, along with a skybridge between Research Building 17E and the Mary Moody Northen Pavilion, is now complete. 
Image within Research Building 17E


League City Campus Hospital  

Construction is underway at the League City Campus Hospital as we’re adding a five-story South Tower that will eventually expand our patient bed count from 37 to 97. When the $156 million expansion is complete in 2020, the expanded hospital will help us meet a need for inpatient care in one of the fastest growing regions in the United States. 

  • All Labor & Delivery operations are being moved from the League City Campus to the new Clear Lake Campus. Once that move is complete, UTMB will construct 17 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) rooms where the Labor Delivery Recovery and Postpartum (LDRP) rooms are currently located. 
  • In addition, academic meeting space, clinical trial support areas and clinic space is currently under construction at Medical Plaza 1, which is adjacent to the parking garage that opened last year on the League City Campus. 
Image of Construction on the League City Campus