Jennie Sealy Replacement Hospital & Clinical Services Wing Expansion


University of Texas Medical Branch

HDR Architects

Galveston, TX

802,000 sf

Construction cost:

Completion date:
April 2016

Medical Equipment planning, Medical Equipment Procurement, IT Device Placement, and Construction Administration

Part of the University of Texas System, the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) is located on an 84-acre campus containing more than 70 buildings. In 2008, Hurricane Ike, a Category 2 hurricane, struck Galveston Island, damaging many buildings on UTMB’s campus, including the John Sealy Hospital. After the storm devastated the campus, UTMB leadership and State Legislators fast-tracked the construction of the Jennie Sealy Replacement Hospital and the expansion of the Clinical Services Wing (CSW).

The 13-story Jennie Sealy Replacement Hospital includes pediatric acute care, 20 cutting edge surgical suites, surgical intensive care units, 28-bed day surgery unit, 260 patient rooms, and clinical support services. Hospital activity begins on the 2nd floor, 25-feet above sea level.

The new seven-story CSW connects Jennie Sealy Hospital to most of the buildings on campus, with access points on the 2nd and 4th floors. It contains a pharmacy, laboratory space and central sterile processing. Mazzetti+GBA provided Medical Equipment planning, Medical Equipment, IT Device Placement, and Construction Administration for both projects.


With construction of both facilities on parallel schedules – by two different contractors – our team provided a high-level of coordination of technology delivery schedules, vendor installations, and equipment movement paths, including:

  • Leading integration capabilities for the MRI as part of the Steris Integration System.
  • Administered medical equipment interoperability assessments to ensure equipment coordinated with the hospital’s medical device integration plan.
  • Managed equipment delivery and testing for departments with multiple moves, ensuring equipment arrived on time, intact, and fully operable.
  • Managed the installation between medical equipment and OR integration vendors with the contractor for 20 operating suites.

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