The doubleÂ hypodermic needles atopÂ the Cesar Pelli-designedÂ O’Quinn Medical Building have just gotten brightened up: a lighting designer fromÂ FUSE sends Swamplot these bare-allÂ shots of the Madonna tower’s roof following the company’s just-wrappedÂ installation of a new LED setup around the tips.Â Down below, Texas Children’s HospitalÂ announced earlier this week that it has bought the tower from Baylor-slash-St.-Luke’s, along with aÂ Baylor outpatient clinic down the street. Texas Children’sÂ told the ChronicleÂ that it isn’t planning to boot tenants until they can move into thatÂ under construction campus on Cambridge St., somewhere around 2020.
Nor does the new owner haveÂ plans to change the tower’sÂ name right away — though many of the physicians who petitioned against the building’sÂ O’Quinn christening inÂ 2005 aren’t likely to mind if they do. At the time, dozens of doctors signed a documentÂ insistingÂ that the current namesake, Houston’s own John O’Quinn (of fen-phen and breast implant lawsuit fame), “bears partial responsibility for the litigious environment in which we work,” and that it was offensive “to have money we earned — and which he took by suing us — going to name after him a medical building in which we work every day.”
The sunset shot above looks west across the Rice campus (that’s the stadium thatÂ played backdrop to JFK’sÂ go-to-the-moon speech, given 54 years agoÂ this pastÂ Monday, on the right above the octagonal base); the itty-bitty silhouette of the distant Williams Tower can be seen poking up from the horizon on the left. Here’s the tip itself, so close you can almost see the filament in the flashing bulb:
And the double dose:Â
- Previously on Swamplot:Â Injecting 420 More Beds into Baylor’s Once-Catatonic McNair Campus South of the TMC;Â St. Luke’s: We’re Selling So We Can Renovate and Demolish