MD Anderson Cancer Center – Houston, TX

Customer: MD Anderson Cancer Center
Location: Houston, TX
Products: 25+ Vehicle and Pedestrian Gates
Installation dates: 2004 – 2012

FloodBreak Automatic Floodgates provide permanent, hidden flood protection

Background
MD Anderson, a world class cancer center, is located in the Texas Medical Center in Houston TX.  In 2001, Tropical Storm Allison caused catastrophic damage to the Houston area and particularly the Texas Medical Center.  MD Anderson Cancer Center suffered significant damage and undertook a major flood mitigation project to protect the Center from another flood.

The work consisted of building interior and exterior flood walls and relocating critical mechanical and electrical life support systems above the 50-year flood plain so that the facility could remain in operation during a flood event. The second portion consisted of constructing a granite clad concrete wall around the entire facility, installing 25 floodgates at all of the entrances and drives and installing a series of valves and lift stations to isolate the sanitary and storm systems in the event of a flood.

Solution
Aware of the failure of active mitigation measures at many Texas Medical Center facilities, MD Anderson  sought  a permanent solution that would not require storage of panels nor involve flood doors with inflatable gaskets.  Instead, they selected FloodBreak® Automatic Floodgates, a revolutionary flood control system that provided permanent flood protection without the need for human intervention or power. The flood barriers also remain hidden beneath the entryways allowing unimpeded access to the hospital by pedestrian and vehicle traffic unless a flood event occurs.  Architecturally, the floodgates blend with the granite clad floodwalls and surface coatings of the MD Anderson Cancer Center campus.

Results
Houston has been hit by Tropical Storms like Erin in 2007 and Hurricane Ike in 2008, but the Texas Medical Center has been fortunate and has not experienced heavy flooding like they received from Tropical Storm Allison. Still, MD Anderson has recognized the superior flood protection of FloodBreak Gates and has continued to install them on their main campus and at their off campus locations.