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Completed in October 2010, the Methodist Hospital

of medicine. TMHRI’s massing expresses its internal

r e s o u r c e s lab equipment :

Research Institute (TMHRI) is a 440,000-sf facility

functions, with its research offices placed behind the

ThermoFisher Scientific;Valley City;

dedicated to translational research and nano-medicine

curved east facade and the laboratories in the western

Johnson Controls; ro water heater : Bob Johnson & Assoc.; Gowan;

located within the Texas Medical Center in Houston.

rectangular volume. The facility’s highly flexible design

heat recovery :

WHR Architects served as executive architect for the

provides labs, offices, and amenities for 90 principal

Environmental Growth Chambers;

$195 million project, with design architects Kohn

investigators and 800 post-doctorates, trainees, and


Pedersen Fox Associates (for the base building exterior

staff. Two-story break-out areas link the labs verti-

flooring :

and public spaces) and CO Architects (for the fifth-

cally, encouraging interdisciplinary communication and

equipment / vacuum bedding :

level surgery training unit known as the Methodist

providing opportunities for informal gatherings. Also,

Lindgren R.F. Enclosures; x- ray radiation shielding : NELCO; natural

Institute for Technology, Innovation and Education).

three open-area stairways just outside the laboratories

stone / unit pavers / terrazzo :

The 12-story TMHRI includes six floors configured for a

connect three pairs of laboratory floors for collaborative

Redondo MFG; curtain wall: Baker Metal (Haley Greer); point supported

variety of laboratories and support spaces that form a

teamwork. The common areas include nine coffee bars

glass / entrances :

collaborative research facility for the study of cancer,

and lounges. Future bridge connections to the hospital

ing :

diabetes, infectious diseases, and heart and neurologi-

are proposed at several levels to facilitate translational

Designs, HBF (M Jarvie Partnership);

cal disorders, among other life-threatening illnesses.

research and provide a sense of professional com-

Tandus Design, BÔLYÜ;

Sited on the east side of Methodist Hospital’s recently

munity. The building’s location at the center of Texas

Berger Iron Works;

renovated main building, the research institute includes

Medical Center has made its auditorium a destination

plastic laminates / casework :

several connections to the hospital’s public and private

for meetings held by outside groups (including national

shelving : InterMetro Industries Corp.; roof / deck insulation : Firestone;

areas. Leveraging that adjacency, TMHRI pursues a

organizations such as the National Institutes of Health).

specialty doors :

“bench to bedside” approach that streamlines the pro-

A generous driveway drop-off area accommodate users

and Mirror;

cess of translating laboratory research to treatments

of both TMHRI and Methodist Hospital. Adjacent to the

glass wall / ornamental canopy :

and cures for patients. The building contains highly

new building’s lobby, a comprehensive imaging suite is

liams, Valspar; demountable partitions : Ofis; operable partitions : TRW

advanced core facilities, consisting of a full imaging

easily accessible and physically connects to the main

Modernfold; shades : Mechoshade; multiple use fixed seating : Figueras

and molecular imaging suite, state-of-the-art equip-

hospital. In addition, a distinctive stair affords easy

Seating USA; cyclotron / hot cells : GE Medical, Comercer

ment, and its own cyclotron. Equipped to help research

access from the double-height lobby to the second-floor

scientists, physicians, and engineers fight diseases,

auditorium and conference room.

TMHRI was designed to advance the Methodist Hospital’s

Getinge USA;

SEMCO; Haakon;

lab casework / flume hoods :

building automation / controls :

cold environmental room equipment : bio - safety cabinet :


epoxy surfacing / high performance coatings / fluid applied


acoustical / metal ceiling :

Techniplast USA; American Stone;

Novum Structures;


systems furniture :



rf / magnetic shielding :

architectural precast :

custom cab / wood veneer panel-


furniture :

carpet :


Karastan Contract,

exterior trellis / metal work / railings / stairs :

planting accessories :

Montgomery Doors;

gypsum board :

Earthcare Management;

CRC/Mastercraft; polymer / stainless steel


glass / glazing :

wall coverings :

Lakeview Glass

Wall Talkers;


Milestone Metals; paint: Sherwin Wil-


mission to find cures through innovative translational research, with the ultimate goal of charting the future

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