Houston Methodist Hospital

Methodist Research Institute

Enhancing the speed at which new discoveries can go from bench to bedside.

The Methodist Hospital Methodist Research Institute was established as a research organization for a conglomerate of educational and healthcare institutions on the forefront of innovative discovery. This 12-story 440,000 square foot research facility is dedicated to supporting, managing, and conducting clinical and translational research – equipped with some of the most advanced technology in the world.


Houston, TX


  • EYP Architecture and Engineering, P.C. - Architect of Record
  • Harvey Builders - Construction Manager
  • Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC - Design Architect
  • Walter P Moore - Civil Engineer

Building Size

440,000 sq. ft.


  • 2013 Outstanding Regional Project Technology Award for Outstanding Application of Technology
  • 2011 Edwin F. Guth Memorial Illumination Award of Merit for Interior Lighting Design

Situated at the heart of the Texas Medical Center, the facility is near the 1,000-bed hospital, connecting patients and researchers with ease. As the only institution in the country to have three funded National Cancer Institute Centers; biology, nanotechnology, and physics-based oncology remain the focus areas. The building’s structure of modular laboratory spaces encourage collaboration, facilitate discussion, and create flexible cross-disciplinary research spaces for over 90 principal investigators and 800 post-docs.

Air Handling Unit for Methodist Hospital

energy savings over code

AEI provided mechanical, electrical, piping/plumbing (MEP), instrumentation and controls (I&C), and architectural lighting design services incorporating multiple sustainable and energy efficient features: HVAC system for the laboratory and office spaces, 4.3MW combined heat and power system, and an uninterruptible power system to provide emergency backup power.

The exterior canopy provides environmental protection for patients and visitors

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The Research Institute also has 35,000 square feet of training space, including a virtual hospital and 15-station procedural skills lab, computer-aided surgery-capable operating rooms, and a cardiothoracic operating room. The building includes offices, conference rooms, and an auditorium enabling researchers to share their knowledge on treating and understanding a variety of diseases and cancers through each phase of research.

Virtual operating rooms at the Research Institute feature computer-aided surgery and robotics

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