The design and construction team for the medical campus is nearly complete. Page Southerland Page, along with SLAM Architects, will design and construct the education building across from the current University Medical Center Brackenridge. Page Southerland Page will also design the research and medical office buildings. Hensel Phelps Construction Company will serve as the contractor for the research and office buildings as well as the sitework, road realignment and utility work. All UT buildings are due to be completed in summer 2016.
As with other large UT Austin construction projects, the staff has recommended that the university consolidate the chilled and hot water for all buildings to save money and increase efficiency. The central plants, which heat and cool buildings, also save space. In August, the UT System Board of Regents authorized an additional $24 million to build a new central utilities plant for the south part of the UT campus, raising the UT System’s total commitment for medical school construction to $358 million.
As we said last month, the research building has been the focus of great interest. Early plans call for the building to have 177,000 square feet of laboratory space, about two-thirds of which will be “wet labs” with all of the infrastructure — water, air handling, hazardous materials handling — for basic research. “Dry labs” are used for computational or applied mathematical analyses and do not require the same level of infrastructure and safeguards as labs in which chemicals and drugs are used.