Exclusive: Expansion plans revealed for Baylor, CHI St. Luke’s McNair campus

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The Baylor College of Medicine and CHI St. Luke’s Health plan to break ground on the next phase of their McNair Campus in early 2016.

The next phase of the campus will feature a second patient tower that will house 420 beds, and a medical office building. The patient tower is expected to begin construction in January, and the medical office building will begin in the fall. The projects are expected to be completed by 2019, according to a statement.

Once completed, the project is expected to have cost $1.1 billion and will be more than 1.2 million square feet. The hospital will feature 650 beds altogether and will feature ambulatory services, operating rooms, laboratories and office space for clinicians.

In addition, the Texas Heart Institute will relocate its operations to the new McNair campus. There will also be facilities for basic science and translational research, the statement said.

“The way (the McNair Campus) is being designed and built, it will have great sustainability in the future,” said Michael Covert, CEO of CHI St. Luke’s Health. “There’s only so much money and so many chances to develop a facility.”
The Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center McNair campus is a byproduct of the joint venture between the two institutions following the $2 billion acquisition of St. Luke’s Health from the Episcopal Diocese of Texas by Colorado-based Catholic Health Initiatives. CHI St. Luke’s and Baylor are building the new campus to eventually move out of the existing facility in the medical center, which was built in 1954 and is now outdated.

Dallas-based HKS is the architect of record for the second tower, and development partners for the medical office building have not been chosen yet, according to Ty Morrison, a spokeswoman for CHI St. Luke’s.

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