Memorial Hermann, founded in 1907, is the largest not-for-profit health system in
Southeast Texas and is consistently ranked one of the nation’s Top 5 large health systems
by Truven Health for patient safety and quality.
Memorial Herman Hospital System engaged Powers Brown Architecture to develop
a Medical Office Building (MOB) that was designed utilizing our well-known Value
Office product line. The goal was to create similar buildings to Memorial Hermann’s
existing conventionally constructed MOB’s on their many campuses while reducing
rent structure by competing with conventional market-based office pricing. The building
has column-free exterior walls which accommodate easier and more efficient planning,
approximate 8% more exterior glass and upgraded interior lobby and core finishes.
They are state-of-the-art in specifications and are approximately $12 per square foot
less expensive than the conventionally constructed predecessors. In fact, the product
was so successful for Memorial Hermann in reducing costs that the initial plan for three
buildings quickly evolved into five, and the facilities were constructed on their Katy,
Sugar Land, Pearland, Cypress, and The Woodlands campuses.
The MOB at Pearland was on a fairly new campus and was also one of the prototypes
seeking LEED certification. Although the base design was set up mostly to correspond
with LEED principals, there were a few additional mechanical items that had to be
modified to achieve the maximum number of LEED points. Powers Brown Architecture
also handled all LEED administrative duties for the project and coordinated with the
USGBC, the building Owner, and all consultants to submit for certification.