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Institutional | HUNT CONSTRUCTION GROUP, AN AECOM COMPANY - HOUSTON METHODIST HOSPITAL - PHASE 1

Monumental Task
HUNT CONSTRUCTION BUILDS REPLACEMENT HOSPITAL FOR HOUSTON METHODIST. BY STEPHANIE CRETS

T

he Hunt Construction Group team
strives to do the best work with the
right people.
One of the company's latest
ventures is the North Tower for Houston
Methodist Hospital, which is more than
10 years in the making. Pre-construction
for the new 980,000-square-foot hospital
began in March 2014. The new hospital will
be ready for initial occupancy by the end of
2017 and become fully operational by the
third quarter of 2018. During 2018, Hunt
will demolish and renovate interior spaces
of the existing buildings once the hospital
moves into the new facility, as well as complete the build out of shelled spaces.
Luke Schultz joined Hunt Construction
in 1997 and developed professionally with
the company until he became project operations manager, overseeing the Houston
Methodist Hospital project. One of the most
notable attributes of the hospital is the
Arms of Christ mosaic that was installed
on the front of the old building in the early
1960s. But over the years, as the hospital
developed and grew, the mosaic has been
hidden and is no longer viewable unless
you're inside the hospital. Therefore, part of
the project will entail relocating the mosaic
to the atrium of the North Tower.
Having grown up in Houston, Schultz has
his own personal attachment to the project
and the mosaic. "What's neat for me is that

Hunt Construction Group, An
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Me odist Hospital - Phase 1
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* Construction cost: $500 million
* Employees: approximately 900

"It will create a new front door
and will elocate e historical
Arms of Christ mosaic into a
new atrium pace."
- Luke Schu z, project operations manager

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Methodist's new North
» Houston
Tower will become operational
in the third quarter of 2018.

this is all full circle," he explains. "When I was
very young boy in the late '60s, I would drive
around the medical center area with my
grandfather. I remember looking at it when I
was just a young boy. My grandfather would
point it out, and we would stop to look at it.
And now, so many years later, to actually be
responsible for relocating it and refurbishing
it in what will become the new face of the
hospital, it's a monumental task."

Culture of Safety
When the new hospital and renovations are
complete, Hunt Construction will have built
more than one million square feet of space
on the project, which means this is no small
job. "Little hospitals pale in comparison
to the logistical challenges with building
something this big," Schultz says. "This is the
largest medical center in the world and the
busiest and adjacent to multiple active hos-

pital buildings that we physically tie into it."
To stay ahead of the challenges, Hunt
Construction and the team at the hospital
put together a plan upfront to deal with
the day-to-day activities of staff, doctors
and patients, keeping in mind everyone's
well-being during the construction process.
Part of that was dealing with the tight
space in which the company must work
and ensuring everyone is aware of safety
regulations. "We have really moved toward
a new belief in our management in creating
safety as a culture and integrating it into
our work with staff and subcontractors as
well," Schultz says.
That means everyone is responsible
for safety and all parties have full-time
safety representatives onsite. "They identity
hazards within their own activities and
figure out how to mitigate those prior to, and
during, the course of work," Schultz adds.


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