US-based infrastructure group Balfour Beatty has secured a contract worth $533m from the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System (MHHS) to expand the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas.
Under the deal, Balfour will build a 17-floor hospital named Herman Pavilion 2, install building control systems across the campus and ensure that all hospital services are functioning correctly throughout the four-year construction period.
Balfour Beatty US construction business CEO Mark Layman said: "This latest programme is a response to increasing healthcare needs as the population of the Houston area grows.
"A project of this complexity requires state-of-the-art construction methodology to ensure the on-going health services are not disrupted."
Hermann Pavilion 2 will include 24 additional operating theatres, emergency rooms and intensive care wards, 160 new patient beds and another six floors for further expansion of wards and operating facilities.
Balfour aims to connect all the building’s controls and fire alarm systems to one platform for the entire campus, which will allow MHHS to improve overall control of systems and save energy costs.
Layman said: "We will use the latest construction techniques, prefabricate off-site as much as possible and use digital technology to deliver this project efficiently."
Balfour and MHHS have had a relationship for around 27 years, during which time Balfour has delivered more than 225 projects for MHHS.
Image: An artist’s impression of Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in Houston, Texas. Photo: courtesy of Balfour Beatty plc.