Houston Methodist adding outpatient medical buildings in Sugar Land, Energy Corridor | Fort Bend Economic Development Council

Houston Methodist is adding new medical office buildings to its campuses in Sugar Land and the Energy Corridor area.

Construction started in mid-December for a six-story, 160,000-square-foot building along with a seven-level garage for 1,150 cars at 16655 Southwest Freeway. Specialties offered will include neurology, cardiovascular and family medicine. The $57 million project is expected to be complete in the first quarter of next year by St. Louis-based McCarthy Building Cos.

The expansion is part of the master plan for the Sugar Land campus next to First Colony Mall, said Sean Menogan, senior vice president of construction, facilities design and real estate at Houston Methodist.

“We had a general idea of where it would go and what the size of the building would be, but the details are just now being worked out,” he said.

The same is true for a similar expansion at the Houston Methodist West campus at 18500 Katy Freeway, where groundbreaking is slated for the first quarter of this year for a six-story, 160,000-square-foot medical office building to offer physical therapy, orthopedics and other specialties. The $65 million project will also include a six-level, 1,000-car garage.

Houston-based Vaughn Construction is the general contractor for the construction, which is slated to be completed in the second quarter of next year.

Both buildings were designed by the Houston office of Washington, D.C.-based Page.

Houston Methodist is also getting ready to start construction of a new Cypress hospital, which will be on 106 acres on the east side of the Northwest Freeway between Barker-Cypress and Skinner roads.

The health care system announced last May that it purchased the land, which was formerly owned by Houston-based food distribution giant Sysco Corp (NYSE: SYY). The property, which previously was a Hewlett-Packard Co. call center, included 94.11 usable acres and a vacant 660,717-square-foot building built around 1980.

Houston Methodist said its new building will be modeled after its hospitals in the West campus and The Woodlands and will have about 400 beds.

Another hospital expansion in The Woodlands is also underway and expected to open later this month.

Houston Methodist is seeing growing demand for health care, Menogan said.

“With the population of Houston growing — it's a desirable place for people to live — and, of course, growth up on the northwest corridor going out toward Cypress, (where) a lot of families (are moving), we're seeing the growth out west out towards Katy and Sugar Land in the suburban areas,” he said.

Houston Methodist is the third-largest health care system in the Houston area, based on its total licensed beds across all hospitals, according to Houston Business Journal research. It's also No. 5 on the HBJ's 2021 Largest Employers in The Woodlands and North Houston List.

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