UT reveals new details on medical district projects

Oct 29, 2013
Austin American Statesman

Over the next three years, the University of Texas will transform a five-block area north of downtown when it constructs four buildings, installs utilities and rearranges part of Red River Street. At the same time, officials will create a curriculum, hire faculty and obtain preliminary accreditation to enroll its first medical school class

All by summer 2016, when the students start showing up

The first phase of creating a medical district in Austin — supported in part by a Travis County property tax increase appearing on bills due Jan. 31 — will cost $430.5 million, including a $96 million utility “chilling” station, according to UT estimates. Travis County taxpayers will contribute $35 million a year, the result of voters approving Proposition 1 nearly a year ago

UT has hired architects Page Southerland Page, with ZGF Architects, to design the four buildings, while the Beck Group will construct the education building. Hensel Phelps Construction Co. is the contractor for the three other buildings

While those contractors are at work, the Seton Healthcare Family will be constructing a new teaching hospital in the middle of two of UT’s building sites. That hospital will be a key place for educating medical students and training new doctors, called residents

Seton plans to break ground no later than October 2014 and open the hospital in early 2017, said Greg Hartman, Seton’s president of external affairs

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