Kelsey-Seybold putting down roots in Pearland.
By Jim Molony
Construction has started on Kelsey-Seybold's new administration building at an 18-acre site at the northeast corner of Kirby Drive and Shadow Creek Parkway in Pearland.
City and Kelsey-Seybold officials were on site last Wednesday for the official ground breaking on the $21 million project, which will include a 170,000 square feet building and eventually mean 800-1,200 jobs in Pearland.
"We're excited to be moving our administrative offices here," Spencer R. Berthelsen, M.D., F.A.C.P. Chairman of the Board and Managing DirectorKelsey-Seybold Clinic, told The Journal. "I think Pearland is a very good fit for us, a lot of our employees already live in the area and we have a lot of patients that live out here."
Mayor Tom Reid welcomed Kelsey-Seybold officials to the community.
"I think it's a wonderful opportunity for Pearland to have a world renowned medical association like Kelsey-Seybold in the community," Reid said. "I am delighted to have them here in Pearland.
"I've been a long-time admirer of Kelsey-Seybold. I met Dr. Seybold many years ago and as we both served in the military around the same time we shared stories of that. It's a pleasure to see the firm that he started coming to Pearland, it's a great thing for our city."
The facility is expected to be completed during the summer of 2013.
Kelsey-Seybold officials cited geographic location, a talented pool of workers locally and the efforts of the city to work with the firm on the project among the reasons Pearland was selected.
"Mayor Tom Reid and (City Manager) Bill Eisen have been very proactive in helping bring this project along and I want to thank them as well as the people of Pearland," Berthelsen said. "They made it very easy for us to be a part of the community."
The facility, which will have entrances in the 11500 block of Shadow Creek Parkway (across from Nolan Ryan Junior High) and on Kirby Drive, backs up against a wooded area and will have ample parking.
"We wanted to take advantage of the natural landscaping," Ro explained.
The new administrative offices will support Kelsey-Seybold's 370 physicians providing primary care and specialty care at 20 clinic locations throughout the region, including two already in operation in Pearland.
"Initially this will hold 800 employees with a capacity for 1,200," Kelsey-Seybold's Nicholas Ro said.
The facility was designed by Powers Brown Architecture and is being built by E.E. Reed Construction, L.P.
TGB Crosswell, formerly CG Commercial Development, developed the property and coordinated the sale with CG-Shadow Creek Ranch Village, L.P., owner of the Shadow Creek Ranch commercial site.
TGB Crosswell Managing Partners Allen Crosswell and Tod Greenwood, and Director of Construction Stan Beard, worked on the sale. Thad Armstrong of Thompson & Knight LLP provided legal representation for Kelsey-Seybold on all aspects of the project.
Drawing of the front entry of Kelsey-Seybold's new administration building in Pearland, which will be situated at the corner of Shadow Creek Parkway and Kirby Drive.
Aerial view of the construction site.
Spencer R. Berthelsen, M.D., F.A.C.P., Chairman of the Board and Managing Director of Kelsey-Seybold Clinic (left) and Pearland Mayor Tom Reid.
Among the attendees at Wednesday's ground-breaking at the Kelsey-Seybold site were, pictured left to right, John Lewin of Frauenshuh Real Estate; Jeffrey Brown of Powers Brown Architects; Pearland City Manager Bill Eisen; Dr. Spencer Berthelsen of Kelsey-Seybold; Pearland Mayor Tom Reid; Nicholas Ro of Kelsey-Seybold Clinic; Charles Gooden Jr., Pearland Economic Development Corporation Chair and Keith William of Gamma Construction.