The new Outpatient Center at the Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital will provide comprehensive patient care under one roof. With its convenient access to the Main Hospital and direct connection to the Ambulatory Surgery Center, this facility can accommodate the community’s growing medical needs. Patient services available include orthopedics/sports medicine, physical therapy, imaging, blood work, pre-admit testing, occupational/industrial medicine, breast care, and primary care clinics. Physical therapy patients will be able to enjoy indoor or outdoor rehabilitation with the outdoor turf field with a football goal post! The imaging suite and breast care center feature the latest equipment including CT, MRI, ultrasound, radiography and fluoroscopy, stereotactic and mammography. The center also provides a Starbucks cafe and community/conference center, as well as staff support spaces including a nursing education department with simulation labs and an employee gym. The exterior is composed of brick, metal panels and curtainwall glazing for a balanced modern design that compliments the hospital’s Garth campus. A large shared canopy entrance will serve as a visual icon in the community.

PhiloWilke worked together with Houston Methodist Hospital and the project’s construction manager, Tellepsen Builders, from inception through completion. The project was initially proposed to be a stand-alone Orthopedic building – and eventually morphed into an all-inclusive Outpatient Center which ties into the existing Ambulatory Surgery Center! This complex project presented some unique design challenges. The needs and requests of 15 different user groups needed to be consolidated to provide one comprehensive and cohesive space. This involved countless decisions from division of available area to finish materials. Tying into an existing building also requires special attention to structural connections and expansion joints. Biweekly meetings were held with all design team consultants to ensure a fully-coordinated project, and a shared 3D model allowed us to find and resolve conflicts before mobilization. The Outpatient Center in Baytown is an example of the future trend in nontraditional medical facilities that offer many outpatient services in one place.