Austin: Texas Children’s Hospital Constructing 536,185 Square-Foot Campus in Williamson County
Feature Illustration: Artist rendering of the proposed hospital by the Austin architectural firm, Page.
by Art Benavidez
Austin (Williamson County) — Texas Children’s Hospital received support on its Planned Unit Development (PUD) amendment for the proposed 536,185 square-foot North Campus.
The Austin Planning Commission’s recommendation, which was voted on Tuesday, allows the hospital system to proceed with an alternative internal traffic drive design.
The revised change to the internal drive design will move a future roadway out of the site’s floodplain.
The internal drive design exhibit by Civil and Environmental Consultants, Inc.
The future Texas Children’s Hospital North Campus will be built on undeveloped land that is part of the 446.40 acre Leander Rehabilitation PUD, just north of State Highway 45 Westbound Toll Road (North FM 620) in the northwestern portion of the city.
The North Campus will encompass 24.46 acres (1,065,516 SF) to the south of Lakeline Mall Drive. With an address of 9835 N. Lake Creek Parkway, it would be at the northeast corner of the parkway and State Highway 45.
Aerial view of site from City of Austin.
The Leander Rehabilitation Center PUD will also include a variety of commercial, residential, office and open space uses.
Amanda Swor, with the Drenner Group, represented the project to the commission.
Austin-based Civil and Environmental Consultants, Inc. are on board the project.
The $485 million project is set to open in the first quarter of 2024 and bring specialized medical care to children and women.
Groundbreaking on the facility took place this spring, according to the press release.
The local architectural firm Page offered renderings that showed a 365,000 square-foot, 52-bed hospital.
The hospital will include neonatal intensive care, pediatric intensive care, operating rooms, epilepsy monitoring, sleep center, emergency center, fetal center for advanced fetal interventions and fetal surgery with a special high risk delivery unit, state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging, acute care, an on-site Texas Children’s Urgent Care location and more than 1,200 free parking spaces.
Additionally, an adjacent 170,000-square-foot outpatient building will connect patients and families to Texas Children’s numerous subspecialties including cardiology, oncology, neurology, pulmonology, gastroenterology, rheumatology, fetal care, and dialysis, among many other subspecialties.
Art Benavidez (Construction News Reporter, Central Texas) is a seasoned journalist with over 15-years of experience in writing breaking news and in-depth features at the local level. He honed his research and reporting skills in newspapers and magazines throughout South and West Texas along with expertise in crafting digital content as Managing Editor of New Image Marketing Research Corporation. Benevidez is a Texas native and graduate of UT-RGV.