Katy Business March 2016

| March 1, 2016

Rendering of Typhoon Texas Waterpark.

Rendering of Typhoon Texas Waterpark.


With less than four months to go until its May 28 grand opening, construction of west Houston’s newest family entertainment destination, Typhoon Texas Waterpark, is on schedule.

“The team is very pleased with the progress,” says Typhoon Texas Director of Marketing Steve Mayer of the sprawling, 25-acre property adjacent to Katy Mills Mall. “The park is taking shape with every passing day.”

The waterpark is located at 555 Katy Fort Bend Rd., west of the Grand Parkway.

With the park’s five major slide tower structures complete, workers have begun the process of installing close to 1.3 miles of winding slide paths.

Slides already have been installed on two of the park’s signature experiences, the eight-lane Lone Star Racers and The Duelin’ Daltons, a true looping waterslide where sliders are jettisoned through a translucent tube after the floor in a specially-designed launch capsule drops out from under them.

Typhoon Texas also will offer the newest waterpark gaming experience, X-Boarding, which uses a hi-tech ride vehicle with an embedded game controller to create a futuristic video game integrated waterslide.

Land also is being prepared for The Gully Washer kid’s play area featuring an 800-gallon water bucket and one of the tallest children’s waterpark play structures. Standing more than four stories tall, the primary play structure within the children’s Rain Fortress will offer more than 100 spray areas, eight platforms, seven different slides, elevated walkways and rope bridges.

In other areas of the park, work is underway on a 25,000-square-foot, Texas-themed wave pool called Tidal Wave Bay with zero-grade entry and waterfront lounge seating while a resort-quality landscaping package will include the installation of mature oaks and lush plants. Progress also is evident at the park’s winding Lazy-T River, stretching five football fields in length, which soon will be finished off to create a rustic Hill Country feel.

Typhoon Texas will offer several food and beverage outlets, private cabanas, premium lounge areas and private picnic settings.

Season passes for the 2016 season are on sale at TyphoonTexas.com for an introductory, limited-time price of $99.99 per person. While at the website, families also can sign up for special offers from the Typhoon Texas Double-T Club.

Single-day tickets are $39.99 on weekdays and $44.99 on weekends for guests 48 inches and taller. Single-day tickets for seniors and guests under 48 inches are $34.99 daily. Children age two and younger are free. Admission includes parking and the unlimited use of mats and rafts.

Typhoon Texas will be open daily, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. from May 28 through Labor Day. The park also will be open for special themed nights, group gatherings for schools, churches and company outings.


The new helipad at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus.

The new helipad at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus.


Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus recently activated the hospital’s helipad and has fully trained its staff on how to receive patients via air transport. The activation of this helipad allows for faster transport and subsequently quicker treatment.

“We are very excited about the opportunity to have helicopters land at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus,” said Dr. Jeanine Graf, the hospital’s chief medical officer. “It’s been an innovative first for Texas Children’s to begin bringing in children via helicopter transport.”

Previously, patients coming to West Campus via helicopter would land at an adjoining facility and then be brought to Texas Children’s via ambulance. With this activation, all helicopter services in southeast Texas are now able to bring patients directly to Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. Helipads will also be built at Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands when it opens in 2017 and on the roof of the new pediatric tower being built at the main campus in the medical center.

For more information about Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, visit texaschildrens.org/westcampus.


The new helipad at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus.

The new helipad at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus.


Katy ISD broke ground on the new Student Activity Facility-Second Stadium on Friday, Feb. 5. More than 100 people attended the groundbreaking, including high school students from each of the District’s seven comprehensive high school fine arts and athletic departments. Students, staff and Bond Committee members participated in the ceremonial shoveling of the dirt.

The new facility was one of many projects included in the voter-approved 2014 bond package. The facility will provide additional opportunities for students and the Katy community by allowing Katy ISD to host current and future fine arts competitions, provide scheduling relief for games and potentially raise more than $500,000 in annual revenue through ticket sales, concessions and advertising.



The burgeoning healthcare industry in the Katy area is adding additional jobs as Houston Methodist West announced it will be locating 250 jobs to the Katy area in 2016.

The jobs, many of which are being transferred from the central business office in the Texas Medical Center, will be located at the site which formerly housed Christus-St. Catherine Hospital. Christus-St Catherine was acquired by Houston Methodist in 2014 and the campus is now known as Houston Methodist St. Catherine. Jobs relocating include administrative and professional roles. In total, the new office will occupy roughly 30,000 square feet of space with the ability for additional growth.

“We are very excited about the relocation of our central business office team to the Houston Methodist St. Catherine campus,” stated said Peyton Elliott, VP/COO Houston Methodist West Hospital. “We have designed a state-of-the-art working space for them on the 3rd and 4th floors of the building. We hope this move will allow many employees to work closer to where they live and access the many positive attributes of working in the Katy area. I am grateful to the Katy Economic Develop­ment Council and the Katy Chamber of Com­merce for their assistance in the relocation of these employees to Katy.”

“Houston Methodist, a Katy Area EDC Board of Governors member, is a great organization and I am very pleased that it will be adding high-quality jobs to our area,” added Katy Area EDC President/ CEO Lance LaCour.

In recent years, the Katy area has seen exponential growth in the healthcare industry. In 2015 alone, over $400 million was committed to healthcare projects and expansions in the Katy area. The growth of the healthcare industry continues to provide high-quality healthcare close to home and excellent job opportunities for residents of the Katy area.

“Growing and diversifying our local economy is extremely important,” said LaCour. “With continued healthcare sector growth, we are adding jobs in an important industry to the Katy area and the Houston region.”


Girl Scouts view the back of an ambulance.

Girl Scouts view the back of an ambulance.


Houston Methodist Cinco Ranch Emergency Care Center hosted 12 Girl Scouts from junior level troops 152015 and 152011, and nine parent chaperones on Saturday, Jan. 30.

The young women had the opportunity to tour the facility and receive hands-on lessons regarding blood pressure testing, various pediatric treatments, stroke, radiology and other emergency services. Baystar EMS welcomed the girls to view the back of an ambulance, with one scout pretending to be a patient on a gurney.

“We were proud to guide the girls through this exciting and important exercise, and to be part of their journey to earn their First Aid Legacy Badge,” said Ike Akanu, nurse manager of the emergency care center. “Our facility is new to this community and we are honored to partner with our neighbors.”

For more information on the emergency services offered, call 832-522-6070.


(L-R): Ken Janda, Katy ISD Education Foundation Board President; Maria Viso, BP Director Communications and External Affairs; Alton Frailey, Katy ISD Superintendent; Michael Moore, BP Senior Director Communications and External Affairs.

(L-R): Ken Janda, Katy ISD Education Foundation Board President; Maria Viso, BP Director Communications and External Affairs; Alton Frailey, Katy ISD Superintendent; Michael Moore, BP Senior Director Communications and External Affairs.


The Katy ISD Education Foundation has announced that BP America, Inc., has returned for its second year as a Foundation Cornerstone Investor by contributing $50,000 for STEM-related teacher grants. The BP STEM Grant Program is administered via the Foundation’s Inspiring Imagination teacher grant initiative for grants in place this school year. STEM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and represents the integration of science and mathematics into existing areas of study.   “We are grateful for our alliance with BP America, Inc. and welcome its continued support,” said Ken Janda, Katy ISD Education Foundation Board President.

BP, which has a long standing relationship with Katy ISD through the Cinco Ranch High School FIRST Robotics Program, Junior Achievement and other programs, is eager to deepen its support through the BP S.T.E.M. Grant Program. “BP is excited to support this innovative program for a second year, especially after seeing the initial grants in action and the enthusiasm they generated among the KISD teachers and students,” said Michael Moore, senior director of communications and external affairs at BP America.  “This donation reaffirms BP’s commitment to S.T.E.M. education and to the communities where we live and work.”

In its first three years of operation, the Katy ISD Education Foundation has awarded more than $500,000 in teacher grants to Katy ISD teachers all across the district. Its fourth annual Inspiring Imagination teacher grant cycle launched November 1 with grant applications due March 30. All Katy ISD educators directly involved in classroom instruction are invited to apply. To learn more, call 281-396-6031 or visit katyisdeducationfoundation.org.



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