August 2, 2021

Texas Children’s Hospital Announces Expansion of its Pavilion for Women

We are excited to be working with Texas Children’s Hospital on another significant project located on its Texas Medical Campus. 

As announced earlier this month, we’ll be designing the Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women new multi-phase expansion project. Local and national media covered the project announcement earlier this week including the Houston Business Journal, Becker’s Hospital Review and World Construction Network among others.

As its current facilities have reached infant delivery capacity, the expansion plan will give Texas Children’s nearly 190,000 sf of additional usable clinical space to make it a true destination for women of all ages as well as maternal and fetal care. Key to the project is bringing the former Baylor Clinic building into the Texas Children’s campus and renaming it Main Tower. This Main Tower will be used for outpatient OB/GYN services and will connect to the Pavilion for Women, which CannonDesign designed in 2019 and holds a level IV maternal care facility, the highest level of care.

This project expands the footprint of Texas Children’s and in turn the Texas Medical Center by creating another front door of the institution on Main Street. Previously, the Main Street area was mainly parking deck entrances. This Pavilion for Women expansion will enhance the pedestrian experience through the development of the streetscape, improving both the neighborhood and accessibility to Texas Children’s.

“We are proud of our longstanding  relationship with Texas Children’s Hospital, and we’re thrilled and honored to continue the work of bringing world-class care to Houston’s women and children,” said Kristin Ledet, Houston Office Practice Leader. “Bringing this expansion to life will increase access to care and provide more specialized care for our region and beyond.”

The $201 million expansion plan will unfold in three phases:

  • Phase 1: Relocate the Women’s Assessment Center from the 11th floor of the Pavilion for Women to the first floor and backfill the 11th floor with a 14-bed induction and observation unit. (Expected completion in Spring 2022) 
  • Phase 2: Prepare Main Tower for occupancy and relocate outpatient OB/GYN from the Pavilion for Women to Main Tower. 
  • Phase 3: Backfill the Pavilion for Women with additional inpatient care capacity. (Expected completion in 2024)“This expansion plan will not only allow us to increase our delivery volume by about 30%, but will also allow us have more space for specialized clinics and specific programs that will cater to women at every stage of life,” said Dr. Michael Belfort, OB/GYN-in-Chief at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women and professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine, in a news release.

CannonDesign and FKP have worked with Texas Children’s on numerous signature projects, including the Pavilion for Women, Legacy Tower, The Woodlands and Feigin Research Center. These projects have received numerous awards from the Houston Business Journal and Healthcare Design and been featured in local and national media. Texas Children’s is ranked third on U.S. News & World Report’s best children’s hospitals list, and is ranked first in Texas.