Denton A. Cooley Building, Texas Heart Institute

Throughout this medical building, we installed mechanical systems under difficult conditions, created by the facility’s unique design.

Value Delivered

We helped substantially expedite the timeframe for this project and improve budget control by using our design-build approach to integrate design and construction.

The building’s unique heart-shaped design posed a number of challenges for our team. By collaborating with vendors and the architect, we were able to successfully install mechanical systems in some of the facility’s most unusually-shaped spaces.

The building has earned multiple awards for its design, concept, and layout.

Client Objectives

The client needed to install a new HVAC system for the 10-story, 327,000-square-foot Denton A. Cooley Building at the Texas Heart Institute/St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital.


For this project, we provided more than 200,000 man-hours in mechanical systems upgrades. Solutions we delivered include:

  • Installed more than 1,500 tons of redundant HVAC subsystems, air handlers, and absolute filtering systems to primary utility systems which furnish chilled water and steam
  • Prefabricated and installed 45,000 pounds of sheet metal
  • Installed 4.5 miles of HVAC piping using Building Information Modeling coordination
  • Installed all HVAC equipment
  • Hired subcontractors for additional piping, ductwork, and a building automation system

Client Background

Texas Heart Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing cardiovascular disease through innovation. The Denton A. Cooley Building includes 12 operating rooms, three specialized patient care floors, a 500-seat auditorium, a visitor’s center, public service areas, and classrooms.