Memorial Hermann The Woodlands breaks ground on new tower and parking garage

By: Sean K. Thompson
| Published 05/17/2023


THE WOODLANDS, TX – Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for its newly planned Medical Tower 5 and Parking Garage 4. The site of the new facilities is on the northeast section of the Memorial Hermann medical complex, closest to Research Forest between Pinecroft and Interstate 45.

Several local leaders were on hand at the ceremony, including Gil Staley, CEO of The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership. “It’s another example of the growth that we’re seeing in our community. Healthcare, as many know, is our largest employer sector, Memorial Hermann representing the largest group of that sector; they are our largest corporate employer, only after Conroe Independent School District as the number one job creator.”

Linda Nelson, Director Business Development, Marketing and Community Relations for Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center, was eager to see the constriction begin. “This event is one of four that we’ve done in the past six weeks, showcasing our growth. We’re expanding, even though we’re the oldest hospital here, and in the 26 years that I’ve been doing this here, we’ve never not been building,” she said. “We’re meeting the needs of this growing community, and that’s awesome. The relationship between The Woodlands and Memorial Hermann is everything. Our mission is to bring healthcare to the community, and everything we do we have the community in mind.”

Nelson admitted that parking will be an additional issue during the construction, but hastened to add that the administrators themselves were leading the way by parking across Pinecroft in a different area entirely. “We definitely have skin in the game.”

According to Zachary Allen, project manager of Austin Commercial construction company, the parking garage will finish up in May of 2024 and the projected completion date of the new Tower 5 is January 2025.

Justin Kendrick, Senior Vice President & CEO of Memorial Hermann The Woodlands, was thrilled to see the bulldozers begin their work. “This is another great representation of this community entrusting us with their care,” he said. “This comes on the heels of our $250 million investment to bring the South Tower to bring more capacity online. We also knew that we needed more infrastructure capacity to handle the parking needs for individuals, and to handle the physicians’ needs for more office space. So this $50 million expansion with this 1,100-space parking garage – plus 135,000 square feet of office building – will again continue to help us meet the needs of this community.”

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