The brand-new home of the Menninger Clinic — tucked behind the Fiesta on South Main south of the Loop, just east of South Post Oak Rd. — has only 15 more beds than the facility it’s been leasing from Metro National at the corner of Gessner and Kempwood in West Houston for the last 9 years. Plans from 5 years ago to build a significantly larger facility closer to the Texas Medical Center with enough space for 24 additional psychiatric patients were scaled back — and the project delayed — because of fundraising difficulties. But among other improvements, the new place should feel a whole lot more open. At 50 acres, the new $65 million campus is 36 acres larger than the current one, and features 650 trees. The buildings, designed by Kirksey Architecture and just completed by Tellepsen Builders, mimic a Frank Lloyd Wright-flavored Prairie style, but apparently without any of those annoying low ceilings.
Also on hand for exploration while patients and their doctors work to overcome whatever psychiatric issues sent them to the 161,000 sq.-ft. facility: a meditation garden, a 2-D labyrinth, a chapel, a gym, a saltwater pool, and a sand volleyball court.
Plus there’s this nice cafeteria:
The Menninger Clinic was founded in 1919 in Topeka, Kansas. It moved to Houston in 2003 after becoming affiliated with the Methodist Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine. Patients will begin moving into the new facility at 12301 S. Main St. at the beginning of next month.
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Photos: Menninger Clinic