Construction began in early 2014 on the Dell Medical School, with groundbreaking ceremonies held on April 19.
The University of Texas medical school construction project represents the first new medical school in decades at a tier-one university in the United States, according to The University of Texas at Austin website.
The Dell Medical School will comprise 515,000 square feet of research, educational and administrative facilities, as well as a medical office building and a parking garage. Facilities are being built at the intersection of 15th Street and Red River Street, close to the University Medical Center Brackenridge and the university’s School of Nursing.
The University of Texas System Board of Regents has dedicated $334 million to the building of the Dell Medical School. The construction project is also supported by $35 million per year in increased Travis County tax revenue and by a $50 million pledge from the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation.
University officials expect the school to be completed in time to accommodate its first class in the fall semester of 2016.
The University of Texas medical school construction project will also include the Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, a teaching hospital operated by the Seton Healthcare Family, a leading healthcare provider serving central Texas. The 490,000-square-foot hospital will contain 211 beds and is expected to be completed and operational by 2017, according to the Austin Business Journal.
Seton’s new $295 million teaching hospital will provide needed medical services to central Texas residents and is intended to replace the University Medical Center Brackenridge.
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