An immediate focus is the proposed use and schematic design of the 240,000-square-foot research building to be constructed on Trinity Street, one block south of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. It will add significantly to the research capabilities of the university, and wide-ranging concepts are being brought up, discussed, reviewed and refined.
Like the other buildings in the medical district, it will be electronically connected to UT Austin’s world-class supercomputing capacity and will be physically connected to the medical office building and new teaching hospital. In concept, then, it will be a bridge connecting the most sophisticated high-tech capabilities of one of the finest research universities in the nation to high-touch healing at a hospital designed for innovative health care. Page Southerland Page/Zimmer Gunsul Frasca began programming for the research and medical office buildings in mid-July.
The current site needs significant utility and engineering work before construction of the medical district can begin. Another design team (led by Bury Partners) is preparing roadway and utility relocation documents for City of Austin approval. These documents include the proposed re-alignment of Red River Street.
Sasaki Associates has begun a landscape plan for the university campus, driven by the medical district’s immediate planning needs. Sasaki’s team includes Ecosystem Design Group (EDG) of the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center; Applied Ecological Services (AES) to assist with hydrology and environmental science services related to Waller Creek; and RVi Landscape Architects.
The UT System has requested architectural and engineering services for the Dell Medical School’s education and administration building. The selected team should be under contract by the end of August.
The school’s main components — an education building, research building, medical office building and a parking garage — are expected to cost $334.5 million and provide 515,000 square feet for learning, conducting research and treating patients, as well as parking for 1,000 vehicles.
The medical school will be built between Interstate 35 and Trinity Street, and between Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and 15th Street, a compact footprint that will allow students and researchers to walk from lab bench to bedside in minutes.
Seton Healthcare Family announced June 18 that it has received authorization from its parent company, Ascension Health, to construct a new teaching hospital in the medical district. It will be the site of much of the teaching and clinical work for Dell Medical School students.
Construction of the new hospital is expected to begin in 2014, with completion slated for 2017.