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A tower of additional space

image Northeast corner, Memorial Hermann Hospital

HOUSTON - Specializing in complex projects that require a large amount of planning and coordination for proper execution, Tellepsen guides project success first by thorough involvement in the preconstruction process. Developing and maintaining schedule, budget and quality takes place in preconstruction. A well thought-out plan is then implemented during the construction phase and followed up in the warranty period and thereafter.

    Established in 1909 by Tom Tellepsen, Tellepsen is in its fourth generation of continuous family ownership, providing construction management services to clients across a wide range of market sectors. Their sole focus is on the greater Houston market, as a “Hire Houston First” company.
    Tellepsen constructed the Memorial Hermann Northeast Bed Tower in 17 short months. The 146,000sf project included a new bed tower with 90 inpatient beds, new foodservice area, cardiopulmonary department, public circulation space and MEP support space. New central plant facilities and infrastructure were added to supply the new bed tower and support future redundancies. Improvements were made to the existing site exterior and south tower façade. 
    Interior construction is comprised of metal stud framing, drywall, paint, sheet vinyl flooring, tile in kitchen and bathrooms, acoustical ceilings, millwork with solid surface tops, vinyl wall protection and crash rails in corridors. The Bed Tower’s exterior included precast concrete, glass and plaster to tie in to the hospital’s existing exterior.
    The Bed Tower project was built on an active campus.  During construction, Tellepsen coordinated with the hospital to maintain and reroute public access in and around the main entry of the hospital. Additionally, Tellepsen strategically implemented various MEP shut downs and tie-ins to the existing hospital.
    The project architect, CannonDesign incorporated the iconic Memorial Hermann backlit beacon as part of the new tower. It was constructed at the northeast corner of the new tower.
    The entire owner, architect, engineer and contractor team was collaborative throughout the project.  Project Manager Grant Kubecka and Project Superintendent John Brock ensured all parties were hands-on when working through project challenges, with a unified goal of providing the best facility for the patients and staff.
    Tellepsen is a full-service, 110-year-old family owned general contractor in Houston, TX. –cmw


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