Med School Hospital Hits Milestone

November 17, 2015 by Kate Harrington

The Dell Seton Medical Center has hit a big milestone: on Nov. 12, the building officially “topped out” when the highest beam in the structure was put into place.

Seton showed the video below of the beam, with the signatures of Seton doctors, nurses, and employees on it, being put into place.

The Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas is the UT medical school’s new teaching hospital, one of several structures under construction in the medical school district. The new $295 million hospital broke ground 14 months ago, and is scheduled to be complete in 2017. It’s part of the first phase of construction in the med school district, along with a research building, academic building, medical office building, and a parking garage.

The medical school campus is being built in partnership between UT, Seton Healthcare Family, and Central Health.

Meanwhile, Central Health has unveiled plans for the redevelopment of the University Medical Center Brackenridge, which will close once the new hospital is up and running.

In response to community input, Central Health has said the redevelopment will include a realignment of Red River Street to cut straight through campus, and an open-air, pedestrian market. The mixed-use site will also house office, residential, healthcare, and retail tenants.

Central Health’s board will have to vote on the master plan – which will likely happen in early 2016 – before plans can be finalized.

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Written by Kate Harrington

Kate is a former reporter, most recently for the Austin Business Journal, where she covered real estate, economic development and transportation. Since 2010 she has been running Thumbtack Communications. Thumbtack provides writing, editing and marketing services. Before moving to Austin in 2002 Kate lived in her native New England, which she still visits often to escape the Texas heat.