DeBakey High School for Health Professionals
Award of Merit

Owner: Houston Independent School District
Lead Design Firm: EYP Architecture & Engineering (Formerly WHR Architects)
General Contractor: Tellepsen
Civil Engineer: Bury + Partners (Now Stantec)
Structural Engineer: Cardno Haynes Whaley Inc.
MEP Engineer: E&C Engineers and Consultants Inc.
Project Manager: Heery International Inc.
Subcontractors: LECS Ltd.; Mitchell Chuoke Plumbing Inc.; Polk Mechanical Co. LLC

Built to train the next generation of health care professionals, the 195,000-sq-ft campus includes mock hospital rooms, patient care rooms and labs. The LEED Silver school is configured as a central open atrium surrounded by five floors where as many as 1,000 students are trained in a rigorous pre-college program through partnerships with nearby Texas Medical Center and other institutions.

The jobsite had limited access, laydown and parking, and extensive excavation was required. An existing conference center was demolished, and 50,000 cu yd of debris from a former hotel demolition, which had been placed under an asphalt parking lot, had to be removed. A residential neighborhood borders one side, requiring that all the noisy tasks be done during working hours.

Temporary chilled water lines were placed while new permanent lines were being installed, and the team worked together to schedule shutdowns with the stakeholders. The project was delivered three days early in May 2017 and under budget.

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