Outpatient Center

, Houston Methodist

Houston, TX

Houston Methodist Outpatient Tower at dusk

Located on a one-and-a-half block site in the Texas Medical Center, the Outpatient Center (OPC) is designed to fulfill the Medical Center’s vision of elevating patient care to a one-of-a-kind experience. The facility collocates ambulatory services, clinics, and private physician practices that had been scattered throughout Methodist-owned buildings, as well as in adjacent buildings. Although created for outpatient services, the facility is licensed as a hospital, ensuring long-term flexibility for Houston Methodist.

Infused with light, the seascape-inspired interiors and intimate waiting areas foster a serene ambience. The program supports orthopedic surgery, cardiovascular imaging, radiology, cancer care, weight management, and wellness. On the surgery floors, pre-operative and recovery rooms are oriented to provide outside views.

The design team worked closely with the City of Houston to maximize available space on the constrained urban site, which is bisected by a four-lane city street and bounded by two major thoroughfares. Despite its size, the 1.6 million SF Center is comfortable and easy-to-navigate – a healing environment that caters to personal preferences, addressing the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of each patient.

Building Facts

  • 1.6M GSF (824,000 SF Clinical and Support; 776,000 SF Parking)
  • 1,370-car garage
  • 512 feet tall from street to spire