Bolstered by its success in the north county, the University of Texas Medical Branch will begin a $90 million building expansion project at its Victory Lakes facilities that will include an emergency department and beds to accommodate patients requiring overnight stays.

Construction begins Monday, Feb. 25 at the Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes in League City, followed by a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. 

The project will create 142,000 square feet of clinical space, allowing for the addition of 39 patient beds and inpatient stays of up to 72 hours in order to better serve its patients. In a related project, UTMB will build a central-plant facility to provide utilities to its 62-acre Victory Lakes campus.

“UTMB Health is committed to providing the best patient care possible in its mission to improve health for the people of Texas and around the world,” said Donna Sollenberger, executive vice president and CEO of UTMB’s Health System. 

“We are excited that this expansion allows us the opportunity to provide more services and convenience to our patients who live in the rapidly growing Bay Area in a completely integrated system of care,” she said.

The clinical space project is valued at $82 million and is scheduled for completion in February 2015. The contractor is McCarthy Building Cos. The designer is HKS Inc. The central-plant facility is valued at $8 million and is scheduled for completion in August 2014. It will generate electricity, emergency power, and hot and chilled water. The contractor is Tellepsen Builders. The designer is AEI Affiliated Engineers Inc.

The Specialty Care Center's ambulatory surgery and complex diagnostic services will expand to provide 39 inpatient beds for up to 72-hour stays, 17 emergency/urgent care treatment rooms, four operating rooms, endoscopy rooms and 25,000 square feet of shell space for future development. In addition, the finished site will provide increased imaging capabilities including an X-ray fluoroscopy facility, ultrasound and CT unit.

The utilities project will build a 5,000 square-foot plant to provide added thermal utilities, normal and emergency electrical power, and redundancy for each system at Victory Lakes. The system will be capable of independently providing electricity, hot water and chilled water for up to 72 hours. The design will provide for three 400-ton chillers and 6 million BTU of hot water.

UTMB opened the Specialty Care Center, 2240 Gulf Freeway South, in 2010. It houses several clinics and currently covers 110,000 square feet. The University of Texas System Board of Regents approved the expansion at its meeting Nov. 14, 2012.