Houston, Texas – At KPRC 2, we strive to keep the Houstonians informed. As part of our Ask 2 series, the newsroom answers your questions about Houston.
Question: Where did the towers on the hospital building in Houston go?
Answer: An attentive KPRC 2 user alerted us to the disappearance of the iconic towers of a Houston medical building, which have been an integral part of the medical center’s skyline since the tower was built in 1991.
See a picture of the towers with the towers.
A promotional image of the O’Quinn Medical Tower in St. Luke’s. (Hines)
KPRC 2 came up and this is the Texas Children’s Hospital statement about what happened to them.
A photo by Jonah Baumgarten of the building, the O’Quinn Medical Tower. (Copyright 2021 by KPRC Click2Houston – All rights reserved.)
Lindsey Fox, PR manager, shared this statement with us:
“Texas Children’s Hospital bought Fannin Tower in late 2016 and discussed branding opportunities as the new owner. While our main focus was on developing a plan for the interior of the building, the recent failure of a flight lightning bolt at the top of the east tower also prompted an investigation of some of the building’s exterior elements. Our engineering team found that the lifting system developed for lightning repairs had been compromised at some point in the past 30 years, making the work to replace the aviation lightning bolt much more complex and costly. Out of great caution, we commissioned an investigation of the lifting system and the structural elements of the tower system. The results indicated that removing the towers would be more cost-effective than doing long-term repairs to the system. Texas Children’s decided to remove the towers to take into account the risk and cost of accessing the lightning bolts at 470 feet above the ground every five years. “
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