Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas, USA 2017-11-14T07:20:15+00:00

Project Description


A future facing health district for Austin with a focus on the environment

Dell Seton Medical Center is the flagship scheme of a wider development to create a new, high-tech health district for downtown Austin based at the University of Texas.

This new teaching hospital is being designed and built to minimize its impact on the environment, while maximizing its capacity to house the medical technology of tomorrow.


Top Trauma Facility

Flanked by the newly built Dell Medical School, new research facilities and new office buildings, the 211-bed Dell Seton Medical Center will provide the medical hub with a Level 1 trauma facility. This is the US’ highest rated category of trauma unit, providing total care for every aspect of injury. The centre will replace the region’s trauma facilities that are currently housed in the University Medical Center Brackenridge. This facility ranks in the top 1% of all trauma centres in the US for best patient outcomes. Our client’s aim is to continue to improve on Brackenridge’s performance by entirely updating, and rehousing, the trauma unit.

Flexible Design

Adaptability is the guiding principle of the new centre’s design. The hospital’s rooms and treatment facilities will be expandable and adaptable to meet the needs of new technology and evolving treatments. Our expert team of building services engineers has designed electrical and IT systems with future technological advances in mind to create a building infrastructure fit for the 21st century. Designed according to progressive and new ideas in health, the hospital will provide collaborative space to promote cross-departmental working and teaching, enhancing connectivity between different service areas.

Engineering Dell Seton Medical Center with Environment in Mind

The new, 45,990m2 teaching hospital is also being designed and built to meet exacting environmental standards. Provisions are being made to create readily accessible pedestrian routes and cycle ways around the hospital campus. By using these initiatives, the design team achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold in Healthcare Certification and aim to attain Austin Energy Green Building Program Certification.

Dell Seton Medical Center’s impact on the environment will also be lessened due to its relatively small size – it covers significantly less space than the existing trauma unit at Brackenridge. This may seem counter-intuitive for a facility serving a growing city but follows the client’s philosophy of ‘bringing the care to the patient not the patient to the care’. In other words, empowering patients to manage their care beyond the hospital’s walls with the support of expert nursing teams. Importantly, operating rooms and other core clinical areas will be larger in the new unit compared to the facilities it replaces.

Dell Seton Medical Center opened its door in 2017.

Quick Facts

Location Austin, Texas, USA
Client Ascension
Seton Healthcare Family
Architect HKS, Inc.
Services Building services
IT systems
Low voltage systems
Project Status Completed in 2017