DPR completed the new addition and renovation of the Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital Skybridge, an enclosed and elevated skybridge connecting the North Pavilion Building to the existing Central Utility Plant (CUP) Building to the Hargrave Medical Office Building. Starting at the North Pavilion Building, DPR constructed the new pedestrian bridge below the hospital's existing utility connector structure. Elevated 50 to 80 feet off the ground, the construction of a new exterior enclosure, interior build-out, and existing building tie-ins took place. The pedestrian bridge construction continues from the CUP Building, requiring a new structure, exterior skin, interior build-out, and existing building tie-ins.
Material procurement of the glass panes for the curtain wall system impacted the project due to COVID-19. To mitigate a schedule delay and allow the medical professionals to utilize space at the pandemic onset, DPR project team members installed temporary glass panes. DPR's self-perform work group performed the demolition, drywall, doors, frames, and hardware, handrail installation, exterior soffit framing for lath and plaster system, rough-in carpentry, acoustical ceiling tiles, and concrete.
This work required extensive coordination as it occurred in the middle of an active hospital campus near three occupied buildings. DPR successfully operated around the Ambulance Entrance without disrupting the hospital, staff, or patients.