In response to the rapid population growth in Fort Bend County, Methodist Hospital set forth plans to expand its’ presence in Sugar Land by adding a new six-story patient tower. Camarata Masonry Systems, Ltd. was responsible for the masonry scope on the new tower which included the supply and installation of 295,000 pre-blended DTP brick (90% Burnt Pumpkin, 10% Red Sunset), 15,750 TUP Garnet Modular Velour, and 1,130 cf Cast Stone (for window sills, banding & parapet coping).
Because the site was an expansion of an existing functioning hospital, and interference with existing services was not allowed, several challenges were presented. The limited space required materials be brought over from a laydown yard via forklift, which had to maneuver through the hospital’s physician, staff, and visitor parking lots while open for parking. Since scaffolding needed to be erected on the existing roof, special precautions were taken to protect the area by utilizing I-beams, Styrofoam and plywood. In order to find a suitable match for the existing façade, a special brick blend was created through experimentation. The end result is in an attractive and functional facility that will meet the growing needs of the community.