Houston News : The spires on top of the Texas Children’s building are just … gone


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And now, the spires atop the O’Quinn Medical Tower in the Medical Center have joined the fray of architecture pulled down rather than repaired. 

For years, the dual spires scraped the skies over the Texas Medical Center and flashed strobes at aircraft (mostly medical helicopters flying patients in and out). 

One of those strobes recently failed and needed repairs. But instead of making the fix, the hospital decided to remove the spires altogether. 

I wouldn’t call them iconic, but the Texas Medical Center silhouette will sure look different. 

Here’s what Texas Children’s Hospital spokesperson Lindsey Fox told KPRC-TV about why they were removed: 

“Our engineering team discovered the hoist system designed for strobe repairs became compromised at some point over the last 30 years, causing the work to replace the aviation strobe to be much more complex and costly. Out of an abundance of caution, we commissioned a study of the hoist system and structural elements of the spire system. The results indicated it would be more cost-effective to remove the spires rather than implement a long-term repair of the system. Texas Children’s opted to remove the spires when factoring in the risk and cost of accessing the strobes 470 feet above ground level every five years.”

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Source : chron.com