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Construct buildings for education, administration and research
An education/administration building and a research building are planned and will be funded through the UT System Board of Regents. The buildings will be located near the current site of University Medical Center Brackenridge and UT's School of Nursing. Seton has committed at least $250 million – a portion of which will come from fundraising --- to build a new teaching hospital to replace the aging University Medical Center Brackenridge. The hospital will serve as the medical school’s primary clinical in-patient teaching facility and enhance services to residents of Central Texas. It will also upgrade the only Level I adult trauma center for a populous and growing 11-county area.
Dell Medical School construction advisory (March 25, 2014)
On Saturday, April 12, 2014, construction will begin for the realignment of Red River Street for the Dell Medical School Project. Red River Street will be closed from 15th Street to Martin Luther King Boulevard (MLK) until the end of 2014. Red River Street is projected to reopen to through traffic in January 2015.
Preparatory roadwork for the Red River realignment will begin Sunday, March 30, 2014 on 15th Street to remove the median to ensure two lanes of traffic each way while Red River is closed. 15th Street will remain open, but traffic delays are to be expected.
During this same time frame while Red River is closed, other lane closures will affect 15th Street, MLK Boulevard, and Trinity Street. These streets will remain open, but significant changes to traffic patterns and flow will occur. Southbound I35 access road along the southeast side of campus will also be affected. We encourage all that travel in this area to plan ahead and expect delays. These delays will be compounded by any event at the Frank Erwin Center (ERC).
University Shuttles and Capital Metro mainline buses will be diverted from their normal operations on Red River to the frontage road of I35. The bus routes affected are:
* 670 CP- Crossing Place
* 671 NR- North Riverside
* 672 LS- Lakeshore680 LS/NR Combined
* 10- Red River/ South First
* 20 Manor/ Riverside
* 37 Colony Park
* 100 MetroAirport (Southbound only. This will NOT affect the Northbound route.)
Information regarding parking, bike routes, pedestrian paths, as well as changes in bus routes can be found on the attached PDF titled "DMS Construction Advisory". PTS and University Operations will continue to monitor and update the University Community with future disruptions to parking, traffic, bus routes, and bike and pedestrian pathways.
Dell Medical School construction Phase I (construction map and information)
All trees on the medical district site have been catalogued and evaluated for health by both the UT Austin Arborist and private consultants.
Most of the trees will be outside of the medical district’s primary construction zones; many are in the Waller Creek floodplain. Some of the trees will be impacted by district related construction (e.g., installation of bioswales and footpaths, upgrading of bridges). Unhealthy trees that pose a danger will be removed as is standard practice on campus. Non-native trees may also be removed in the interest of improving the eco-system services of the district.
In December 2013, the university began pruning trees, removing dead or dying trees (many of these will be set aside for milling and reuse), and prepping Heritage and Protected Trees identified for transplant.
The university has dedicated funds to move trees in building footprints that are healthy enough and viable for transplanting within the medical district. Visit the UT Sustainability Tree Conservation page.