A makeover for Methodist

April 17, 2010
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Methodist Hospital towerIt's almost like old times on Property Lines: Check out this rendering of a planned new tower for Methodist Hospital at Capitol Avenue and 18th Street. Clarian Health is planning a bed tower, parking garage and offices in a massive project that shows renewed commitment to the downtown campus, IBJ's J.K. Wall reports. The project, which will feature up to 250 private patient rooms, is expected to cost between $375 million and $500 million. Clarian hopes to start construction in the fall of 2012, with completion by 2015. Since the 1997 creation of Clarian as a joint venture of Methodist and the Indiana University School of Medicine, Methodist has seen only one modest expansion, in 2002. Meanwhile, Clarian has poured hundreds of millions of dollars into its two other downtown hospitals—Indiana University Hospital and Riley Hospital for Children—and also built outlying hospitals in Avon, Carmel, Lafayette and now Fishers. Methodist Hospital nearly doubled in size when it constructed its main entrance along Senate Boulevard in the 1980s. It added a new trauma unit in 1995. But privately, Clarian officials told Wall they have ignored the Methodist hub for too long. What do you think?

UPDATE: I've posted a second rendering here. Also, click on the image above for a larger version. A Clarian Health spokeswoman tells me the design is by HOK.

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  • Location
    It looks like a fine hospital tower. I wish they were putting it on the corner of 16th and Capitol instead of 18th.
  • The Corner
    Hey Ablerock, I see two potential problems with putting it on the corner. First it would interfere with the emergency room. I don't think there's enough clearance to maintain the ambulance drive (it's a big U around the emergency parking lot) and the emergency parking lot itself. Reconfiguring all that and maintaining current functions would be difficult and costly...there's a separate parking lot for Radiation Therapy that needs to be maintained. Second, locating the new tower on the corner would probably require the demolition of Building B which is the original Methodist Hospital. Building C is a later addition and is pretty much a big ugly box that has no historical significance. All in all, this seems to be the best place for a new tower.
  • The Original Methodist Hospital Building
    Gosh, I sure hope they don't tear down the original Methodist hospital. That's where I was born 72 years ago.
  • Welcome Back
    Hey Cory, welcome back from the nuclear winter of property development in Indianapolis. Am looking forward to the pre-recession pace that Property Lines usually kept.
  • 16th & Senate
    I suspect the design might change a little between now and 2012.

    I like the way they want to turn 18th St. from Meridian & Illinois into a sort of urban front door to the hospital.
  • Design Team?
    Hi Cory, I may have missed it, but is anything known about the Architect and design team?
  • Bigger Image?
    It's a little hard to tell - could the image be posted higher resolution?

    That area is crazy right now. All of the cancerous growths on the original Methodist are messy. I think the street gets really busy. It would be great if this project could clarify the site visually.
  • Post is updated
    I've posted a second rendering, a larger version of the first rendering and information on the architect.
  • Height?
    The graphic in the full story says the tower will be 6-8 stories but the rendeings appear to show several more.
  • Building C
    I have a friend who works in the children's psychiatric ward in C. What's the timetable for demolition? Any word on what happens to those employees?
  • Larger Rendering
    There's a larger version of the Capitol-side rendering on my blog:

    http://tinyurl.com/bed-tower
  • What's Happening at 16th and Capitol?
    Cory, do you know if the wrecking permit applied for to demolish the former Crawford's Bakery building has anything to do with this project (Case Number WRK10-00230)? Such a demolition would be a real loss for Indy.
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