AUSTIN (KXAN) — At the new $310 million Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, construction workers are busy putting in the work needed to get the building ready for a 2017 opening date. The hallways are currently empty but in a few short months, they’ll be buzzing with medical students, staff and patients.
Construction is slated for completion in February but patients from University Medical Center Brackenridge won’t be transferred to the new teaching hospital until May. The 517,000-square-foot Level 1 Trauma hospital at 1500 Red River St. will have two helicopter pads, 13 operating rooms and 211 beds.
The hospital’s original budget was $295 million, but that ballooned by another $15 million over the past year. In November 2012, Travis County voters passed Proposition 1 that raised Central Health’s tax rate by 5 cents to help fund the new Dell Medical School. The passage of the tax rate increase also put into action plans by the Seton Healthcare Family to fund and build the new teaching hospital.
What will happen with UMCB? Most of it will be torn down to create a mixed-use development, including options for office, retail, residential and hotel space.