Construction is underway on the initial structure that will eventually become the town of Flower Mound’s first medical campus.
General contractor Ridgemont Commercial Construction broke ground on River Walk Medical Park I, an 82,000 square foot medical office building that is fully connected on three levels to the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound, in November of 2011.
Rainier Medical Investments (RMI) is the investment group backing the construction of the new medical campus, and RMI President Tim Lavender said everything is going according to plan.
“We will be done with this by Sept. 1,” Lavender said. “It is a state of the art medical building that is actually attached to the hospital. The architecture is very similar to the hospital.
“It’s connected on all three stories, so if you are a tenant in the building, let’s say a surgeon for instance, you can literally walk out of your office, down the hall, and you are in the hospital in the operating room area, so the connectivity to the hospital is a really big feature.”
Lavender said there are some other interesting features that make the hospital more accessible and easier to exit.
“If you go to the hospital now and exit, you have to exit back toward the North toward Highland Village, because you can’t turn left,” Lavender said. “You have to go down about half of a mile and make this really strange turn around.
“We built a new street called Central Park Avenue, which provides a new exit and entrance with five lanes into the South end of the hospital.”
Texas Oncology, one of the groups in the new building, will also put a state of the art cancer treatment center into the facility with two radiation therapy vaults.
“That’s big, because now you have onsite cancer treatment that is brought to the community of Flower Mound,” Lavender said.
The project will also include a second building called The River Walk Marquee, a 27,000 square foot building which is a combination of medical offices and retail, and a third building, a 63,000 square foot medical and retail building.
Lavender said those two buildings will be completed by the first or second quarter of 2013.
“There are approximately 600 new jobs being brought into this campus,” Lavender said. “That’s really big. It’s great for the community’s economy, and, this means that Flower Mound will have its own medical campus.
“As these things start rolling out, you’ve got something alive and vibrant, and it becomes a focal point for the town.”