Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas
Austin, TX
Dell Seton Medical Center
Austin, TX

Opened in 2017, Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas is a 517,000-square foot, 195-bed teaching hospital equipped with Austin’s sole, level 1 trauma center. Resting near downtown and the Texas capitol, the medical center nurtures a vibrant and pedestrian-friendly urban environment. Located within The University of Texas’ new medical district, the Seton hospital integrates with nearby buildings, both physically and visually, while providing the Dell Medical School with access to one of the nation’s most sophisticated teaching hospitals.

Patient services span seven floors, with lower levels dedicated to emergency services, radiology and a 14,500-square foot laboratory. Other levels include a combined 102 acute care unit beds, 30 intermediate care unit beds and 30 intensive care unit beds. The hospital also includes a community psychiatric nursing service, and the south bed tower is crowned with a 2-pad heliport. The laboratory offers blood banking, transfusion, microbiological diagnostic and molecular diagnostic services.


The Design

The public entry plaza of Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas connects visually to the entrance plaza of Dell Medical School’s administration building, creating a gateway to the medical district. The architectural form preserves two state capital view corridors passing through the site, and the hospital takes advantage of visual access to the natural beauty of Waller Creek and the renewed Waterloo Park. The main public entrance on Red River St. is envisioned as a highly active pedestrian zone that links the medical center to future buildings in the district. Hospital service functions, such as the emergency department’s ambulance entrance and loading docks, are screened from pedestrian view.

Expandability

The north bed tower is designed to expand vertically by five floors, with the potential for an additional 150 patient beds. In addition, a vertical expansion is planned for the 2nd floor surgical suite, with the potential for an additional four operating rooms, for a total of 16, and an additional cardiac catheterization lab, for a total of three.  The second-floor surgical suite is structured to accommodate a future inter-operative MRI suite. Looking ahead, other areas of the hospital are being designed to accommodate future technologies, such as interactive digital care boards and electronic room signage.

Sustainability and Wellness

In concert with the requirements of The University of Texas, Seton is committed to achieving LEED Healthcare Silver Certification and Austin Energy Green Building Commercial 2-Star Certification. Sustainability features of the medical center include water efficient plumbing fixtures and building equipment, native and adapted landscape plants, high performance glazing, and regionally extracted and manufactured materials and products. Reclaimed pecan wood from legacy trees is used in both the chapel and lobby. Exterior courtyard areas are available to the public and the hospital staff as calming places of respite.

In concert with the requirements of The University of Texas, Seton is committed to achieving LEED Healthcare Silver Certification and Austin Energy Green Building Commercial 2-Star Certification. Sustainability features of the medical center include water efficient plumbing fixtures and building equipment, native and adapted landscape plants, high performance glazing, and regionally extracted and manufactured materials and products. Reclaimed pecan wood from legacy trees is used in both the chapel and lobby.