Houston’s Texas Medical Center (TMC) has announced it expects to add nearly 30,000 new jobs over the next seven years. The facility already bills itself as the largest medical center in the world with 150,000 patients, employees, students and visitors daily.
But census projections show that Harris County and the surrounding areas will add 2 million people over the next two decades. That’s fueling the medical center’s expansion plans.
“In addition to preventive health care for the general population growth, many of these residents will be part of the aging baby-boom generation who will most likely need expanding health care services and facilities,” said a TMC statement.
The TMC plans $7 billion in construction projects through 2014, including new hospitals, clinics and research and office facilities. Infrastructure improvements to support the project will include flood control, as well as road and bridge construction.
The expansion will grow the center from 28.3 million gross square feet to 40 million gross square feet.
Jerry Nevlud, president and CEO of the Houston chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America, stated that more construction is scheduled for the medical center than all of Houston combined.