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Demolition, Redevelopment of Downtown Health District Property Will Fund Local Health Care Needs

Demolition, Redevelopment of Downtown Health District Property Will Fund Local Health Care Needs

AUSTIN, Texas — Demolition will begin soon of a vacant professional office building near the former University Medical Center Brackenridge — a major milestone in the long-term redevelopment of Central Health’s downtown property that will leverage a partnership with The University of Texas at Austin to create new revenue for local health care needs.

The 2033 Higher Education Development Foundation, a local nonprofit created to benefit UT Austin, is Central Health’s first developer to advance a redevelopment project. The foundation’s 99-year ground lease with Central Health for Blocks 164 and 167 will generate revenue to fund health care for people with low incomes in Travis County – and help pay to expand services to underserved areas.

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Demolition of Former Brackenridge Hospital Tower Will Jumpstart Redevelopment of Prime Central Health-owned Property Redevelopment already funding future health care

UMC Brackenridge 1974

(Austin) – For half a century, the University Medical Center Brackenridge (UMCB) hospital towered above I-35 and 15th Street – a landmark for hospital care for Austin and Travis County.

Closed since May 2017, Central Health announced Wednesday the process to demolish the 9-story hospital tower building is expected to begin this summer. Central Health, owner of the 14.3 acres surrounding the tower, will redevelop the property, generating revenue to fund health care for Travis County residents with low income. Central Health is the Travis County Healthcare District, funding care for about 1 in 7 Travis County residents, or nearly 184,000 people.

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Former Patients, Doctors to Share Memories of Former Brackenridge Hospital Before Central Health Begins Demolition Process This Summer

UMC Brackenridge 1974

Before Central Health begins the process of demolishing the former University Medical Center Brackenridge (UMCB) tower, former patients, nurses, doctors, Austin’s mayor and UT’s president will honor and remember the countless lives connected to the landmark building.

Central Health’s downtown property was home to Brackenridge Hospital, the community’s public hospital, for 133 years—from 1884 to 2017. The 9-story tower, constructed about 50-years ago, will be demolished beginning this summer to make way for redevelopment of the 14.3 acre property to fund health care for Travis County residents with low income.

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Central Health Board of Managers Approves Lease of Part of Former Brackenridge Campus

Central Health Board of Managers Approves Lease of Part of Former Brackenridge Campus

(Austin) – During a special meeting Tuesday evening, the Central Health Board of Managers voted to approve leasing a portion of its Downtown Campus – formerly the Brackenridge Campus – with a local limited partnership called the 2033 LP.

During the first year, which could start as early as January 2019, the lease could generate for Central Health up to $6.6 million in upfront payments including $1.425 million in rental income to help pay for health care for people in Travis County with low income.

The 2033 LP was established by a University of Texas (UT) alumnus for the benefit of UT Austin and Dell Medical School at UT Austin, at no economic gain or profit for itself. The LP will serve as UT’s development partner in utilizing the Downtown Campus redevelopment to support Dell Medical School’s clinical and research operations.

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Central Health Plans to Lease Part of Former Brackenridge Campus, Jumpstarting Redevelopment to Generate Revenue for Health Care Services

Central Health Plans to Lease Part of Former Brackenridge Campus, Jumpstarting Redevelopment to Generate Revenue for Health Care Services

(Austin) – On Tuesday, the Central Health Board of Managers will consider approving a lease for a portion of its Downtown Campus – formerly the Brackenridge Campus – with a local limited partnership called the 2033 LP.

If approved, the first year of the lease could generate for Central Health up to $6.6 million in upfront payments including $1.425 million in rental income to help fund health care services in Travis County, including underserved areas to the east.

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Guiding Principles

  1. Mission: Advance Central Health’s efforts to provide access to health care to those who need it most.
  2. Stewardship: Promote uses and programs at the downtown campus that support the short- and long-term fiscal stability of Central Health.
  3. Partnership: Strengthen and expand relationships with health and wellness providers, collaborate with other public-sector entities

 

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Central Health Pursuing New Redevelopment Options for Downtown Brackenridge Campus

(Austin) – To speed up the redevelopment of the Central Health Brackenridge Campus in downtown Austin and generate revenue faster to fund health care delivery, Central Health may move away from its master developer strategy.

On Wednesday, Feb. 21, the Budget and Finance Committee of the Central Health Board of Managers recommended Central Health President and CEO Mike Geeslin negotiate with parties, including The 2033 Fund, who are interested in developing two blocks on the 14-acre campus. The 2033 Fund is a non-profit organization established by UT alumnus and businessman Sandy Gottesman.

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Central Health Announces Preferred Master Developer for Brackenridge Campus Redevelopment

Central Health Announces Preferred Master Developer for Brackenridge Campus Redevelopment

(Austin, TX.) — The Central Health Board of Managers voted Wednesday to allow staff to begin negotiations with a master developer for the Brackenridge Campus redevelopment, former home of University Medical Center Brackenridge (UMCB).

Following an intensive review process, the Central Health procurement committee unanimously selected Wexford Science & Technology, LLC, of Baltimore, MD, one of two firms that responded to Central Health’s Request for Proposals. Brandywine Realty Trust was the second firm.

“Selecting a preferred master developer is an important first step to move this project forward,” said Mike Geeslin, President & CEO of Central Health. “We look forward to starting this process and keeping the board and community apprised of our progress.”

Central Health owns the 14-acre Brackenridge Campus, that since 1889 had been home to the community’s safety net hospital. Seton Healthcare Family, which operated UMCB, moved hospital operations across the street in May to a brand-new hospital – Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas. This move cleared the way for the redevelopment of the historic campus – six contiguous blocks located at 15th Street and Interstate 35.

Next Steps

While Central Health begins negotiations with Wexford Science & Technology, demolition of the former hospital tower is still six months to a year away. It will be at least two to three years before construction begins on the property. For information about the Central Health Brackenridge Campus redevelopment, visit centralhealthcampus.net.

Brackenridge Campus Placemaking Workshop

Brackenridge Campus Placemaking Workshop

What will the Central Health Brackenridge Campus become? What features and services will there be? How can this one development benefit our ethnically, culturally and socio-economically diverse community?

These are the big questions we’re answering as the plan to develop the 14-acre campus takes shape. Thanks to the incredible input from a group of about 55 community members who participated in the Placemaking Workshop on June 6, we now have more invaluable information to drive the project, with a special focus on the proposed public market.

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The participants were split into 12 groups and provided tours of the campus, then asked by facilitators to rate the locations according to four categories: comfort and image, access and linkages, uses and activities and sociability—guided by discussion around ‘what makes a great place’ (see image on the left). After a facilitated work session each group reported back, focusing on their favorite things about the area, ideas for the possible uses and activities, and partners who could help incorporate improvements that would help specific communities in the area.

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Facilitated by our long-term partner Partnership for Public Spaces (PPS)—an internationally recognized nonprofit planning and design organization—the workshop gave participants the opportunity to tour the Brackenridge Campus, see the existing landscaping and features and brainstorm the future development. The session ended with each of the 12 groups giving their best thoughts and ideas on existing features that should be kept, features that should be added and partners who should be engaged to ensure success.

Building from ideas and concepts originating in the Brackenridge Campus Master Plan—the foundational plan for the entire project—the public market is envisioned as the centerpiece of the entire development project. The market could potentially be home to any number of goods and services, all with a strong emphasis on health and wellness. Some suggested uses include a farmers market, fitness, public art and live music.

The community has been an integral and essential partner since the inception of the Brackenridge Campus development project. Over the past two years Central Health has hosted several community events, solicited ideas and opinions from more than 8,000 individuals, and has continued to involve our valued community partners in every step of the process.

We expect to announce the master developer for the demolition of the old hospital facilities and the beginning of construction on the new buildings and facilities by the end of 2018. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest news and updates, and visit CentralHealthCampus.net for more on the history of the campus and the development project.

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Central Health Gathers Community Feedback through Placemaking Workshop for Brackenridge Campus Redevelopment

What: Central Health and the Project for Public Places (PPS), an internationally recognized nonprofit planning and design organization with experience in Travis County, are hosting a visioning workshop about the Central Health Brackenridge Campus to continue to help shape the future of the 14.3-acre downtown site. Central Health is creating a new healthy downtown neighborhood specifically designed to help improve the health and wellness of Travis County residents and generate revenue to continue to pay for health care services for generations to come. The workshop is part of Central Health’s ongoing community engagement around the redevelopment of the property.

What: PPS will provide a brief update on the public marketplace, a centerpiece of the campus, before attendees break out into small groups to tour different areas of the campus and participate in an interactive place-making game. Note: Because space is limited, participants were required to RSVP. The workshop is currently full.

When: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 from 4 – 7 p.m.
• 4 p.m. – Introductions and overview of Brackenridge Campus redevelopment
• 4:15 p.m. – PPS presentation
• 5 p.m. – Interactive place-making game and walking tour
• 5:45 p.m. – Small group sessions
• 6:15 p.m. – Group reporting
• 7 p.m. – Adjourn

Where: Dell Medical School’s Health Learning Building Auditorium, 1501 Red River Street, Austin, 78701 (next to the new Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas).

Who: Christie Garbe, Central Health VP & Chief Strategy Officer, Juan Garza, Central Health VP of Finance and Development; Leaders from Project for Public Spaces. Please note – this is not a press conference. The media is invited to attend and report on the placemaking workshop and walking tour.

Central Health Brackenridge Campus Placemaking Workshop

Central Health Brackenridge Campus Placemaking Workshop

Update: Registration is full.

We are pleased to invite you to a visioning workshop about the future marketplace at the Central Health Brackenridge Campus.

The marketplace may include a food hall, food culture center, health innovation center, public space, and Central Health office space.

This workshop will be facilitated by Project for Public Spaces (PPS), an internationally recognized non-profit planning and design organization.

PPS will provide a brief update on the marketplace before attendees break out into small groups to tour different areas of the Campus and participate in an interactive placemaking game.

Bring your ideas and your walking shoes. Refreshments will be provided.

Space is limited to the first 100 participants due to the interactive nature of this workshop. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please RSVP here

WHEN:
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
4 – 7 p.m.
WHERE:
Health Learning Building Auditorium

Four Developers Invited to Participate in Next Phase of Central Health Brackenridge Campus Redevelopment

(Austin, TX.) — Central Health announced today selection of four developers to participate in the next phase of the Brackenridge Campus redevelopment.

Following the release of a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) last fall, 12 development firms submitted proposals. The four firms were selected by a team of eight Central Health staff members and consultants. The four firms (in alphabetical order) are:
• Catellus Development Corporation
• Brandywine Realty Trust
• Howard Hughes Corporation/Cambridge Holdings
• Wexford Science and Technology

These development firms will be invited to participate in the upcoming Request for Proposals (RFP) process in late February or early March.

Central Health owns the 14.3-acre Brackenridge Campus, that since 1889 has been home to the community’s safety net hospital, including the existing University Medical Center Brackenridge (UMCB). As owner of the property that composes the superblock – six contiguous blocks located at 15th Street and Interstate 35 – Central Health plans to partner with a master developer to reimagine the century-old campus, including the necessary infrastructure and desired buildings.

For information about the Central Health Brackenridge Campus redevelopment, visit centralhealthcampus.net.

Central Health Hosts Brackenridge Campus Community Update and Input Meeting

What: Central Health invites community members and stakeholders to participate in a discussion and provide feedback regarding the Central Health Brackenridge Campus redevelopment in advance of two upcoming hearings before the City of Austin in January. At the meeting, Central Health will provide an update about the ongoing redevelopment effort, while continuing to gather input from the community about its vision for the future of the 14.3-acre property. Central Health is committed to transforming the property to a sustainable, mixed-use development fostering innovation, promoting health and community, and helping fund access to health care for low-income Travis County residents.

Central Health will discuss the potential land-use overlay for the property, which is pending before the City of Austin Planning Commission. Central Health will also share an update on the proposed public marketplace, projected timeline for redevelopment, and information on the transition of health services including those from University Medical Center Brackenridge (UMCB) to the new Dell Seton Medical Center Brackenridge at The University of Texas in May 2017.

CH_Brackenridge Campus Master Plan_Quick Look-1Key Visuals: Community members may view renderings of proposed campus concepts and engage in conversations with members of the planning team. Note: The meeting will be live-streamed at www.CentralHealthCampus.net

When: Jan. 12, 2017; 5:30-7 p.m.

Where: Central Health Board Room, 1111 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin

Background: Over the past two years, Central Health has worked with the community to develop a vision and master plan for the redevelopment of the historic Central Health Brackenridge Campus, a downtown property that has been the site of Austin’s and Travis County’s public hospital for more than 100 years. The redevelopment of the Brackenridge Campus is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Central Health, which owns the property, to create a community asset that supports our vital mission of improving the access and quality of health care for those who need it most.

Addendum 1 released for the Brackenridge Campus RFQ

2016.09.30_RFQ Addendum 1Addendum No. 1

September 30, 2016

Includes:

  • Responses to questions submitted in writing from the pre-response meeting
  • Questions asked but not answered from index cards during the pre-response meeting
  • Questions submitted after the pre-response meeting
  • Appendix A: PowerPoint Presentation
  • Appendix B: List of Attendees of the Sept. 15 Pre-Proposal Meeting
  • Appendix C: Central Health Board of Managers Resolution

Visit our dedicated Brackenridge Campus website to download the Addendum 1 document, and for more information.

Developers Invited to Participate in Central Health Brackenridge Campus Redevelopment

Request for Qualifications (RFQ) Issued Thursday

(Austin, TX) — Central Health today issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for developers interested in participating in one of the most exciting mixed-use development projects in Austin’s history − the redevelopment of the Central Health Brackenridge Campus.

The RFQ is a significant milestone in the redevelopment of the Brackenridge Campus, the 14.3-acre landmark Austin property that since 1889 has been home to the community’s safety net hospital, today’s University Medical Center Brackenridge (UMCB). The campus is at the heart an evolving Innovation Zone and next to the growing Health District, which includes the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin and the Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas − the new teaching hospital scheduled to open in May 2017. The campus is centered around the Texas Capitol Complex, historic East Central Austin, Waterloo Park, and the Red River Cultural District.

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Brackenridge Campus RFQ

Brackenridge Campus RFQ

Central Health, a special-purpose taxing entity devoted to providing access to quality health care for qualified Travis County, Texas residents, is seeking proposals from prospective developers interested in a mixed-use development opportunity on a multi-block site located in the northeast corner of Downtown Austin. Central Health envisions this as a “Master Developer” opportunity, through which Central Health would partner with one or more entities to develop the multi-block property in a coordinated manner – including infrastructure and buildings.

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The site, known as the Central Health Brackenridge Campus, is owned by Central Health, and has been occupied by medical buildings including the Brackenridge Hospital, Clinical Education Center, and a medical office building, plus parking structures and other related support facilities. The hospital and some of the related support functions are being replaced by a new teaching hospital currently under construction—Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas—immediately north of the site. As a result, Central Health’s 14.3 acres will be made available for redevelopment. Central Health has worked extensively with consultants, stakeholders and the community to prepare a Master Plan to inform development opportunities on the site. More information can be found at http://www.centralhealthcampus.net/

The vision for this site includes a high-density, mixed-use development oriented to pedestrian-friendly streets, a public market building and public spaces. Uses on the site may include housing, office, hotel, and retail space, as well as opportunities for additional health-related uses including technological innovation.


Pre-Response Meeting and Site Tour

On September 15, 2016 Central Health will host a meeting for interested developers and other potential participants at the Dell Medical School’s Health Learning Building, 5th floor, located at 1501 Red River St., Austin, Texas 78701 (map shown below). The meeting will include a presentation by Central Health, a walking tour of the site, and a question-and-answer session. While attendance is not mandatory, potential respondents are encouraged to participate. The meeting and site tour are expected to take four hours. Lunch will be provided.

Time: Approximately 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
RSVP: Please confirm RSVP no later than 3 p.m. on Friday, September 9, 2016, to purchasing@centralhealth.net
Location: Dell Medical School Health Learning Building, 5th floor, 1501 Red River St., Austin, Texas 78701 (Download a Map)


Addendum 1 for the Brackenridge Campus RFQ (9/30/16)

Download Addendum No. 1

Includes:

  • Responses to questions submitted in writing from the pre-response meeting
  • Questions asked but not answered from index cards during the pre-response meeting
  • Questions submitted after the pre-response meeting
  • Appendix A: PowerPoint Presentation
  • Appendix B: List of Attendees of the Sept. 15 Pre-Proposal Meeting
  • Appendix C: Central Health Board of Managers Resolution

Brackenridge Campus RFQ pre-proposal meeting

Approximately 9:00am – 1:00pm

Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016

Dell Medical School’s Health Learning Building
1501 Red River Street, Austin, Texas 78701
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Please RSVP no later than 3 p.m. on Friday, September 13 by emailing
purchasing@centralhealth.net, or by calling 512.978.8157.

 The meeting and site tour are expected to take four hours.  Lunch will be provided.

Learn more about the Central Health Brackenridge Campus

Central Health Board of Managers Adopts Brackenridge Campus Master Plan

(Austin, TX.) – The Central Health Board of Managers adopted the Brackenridge Campus Master Plan Wednesday, an important milestone in the ongoing planning process for the 14.3-acre site.

The Brackenridge Campus site has been home to the community’s safety net hospital- now University Medical Center Brackenridge (UMCB)- since 1889. The City of Austin turned over ownership of the Brackenridge Campus to Central Health when the healthcare district was created in 2004.

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Public gets preview of mixed-use plan for Brackenridge Campus

The public was offered a preview Monday of the latest plans for the redevelopment of the Central Health Brackenridge Campus.

For more than a year, Central Health, Travis County’s health care district, has been soliciting feedback from residents as to how the campus should be repurposed after University Medical Center Brackenridge-the county’s public teaching hospital-closes in 2017. The Seton Healthcare Family is building a new state-of-the-art teaching hospital, Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas, to replace Brackenridge.

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Central Health Brackenridge Campus Open Houses

brackenridge campus now & future
We have some exciting news to share with you related to our ongoing planning for the redevelopment of our  Central Health Brackenridge Campus. We are moving forward with a proposed Master Plan concept and want to invite you for a sneak peek of the project.
Over the past year, we have knocked on doors, attended neighborhood meetings, talked to patients at our clinics, and brought in experts to assist us in developing our plans. We feel that the proposed plan reflects not only the guiding principles laid out for us by our Board of Managers – Mission, Stewardship, and Partnership – but also demonstrates that we listened to the input provided through our ongoing community engagement efforts.
To view the Master Plan concepts, please join us  for one of two Central Health Brackenridge Campus Open Houses, both scheduled for Monday, October 26, 2015.
At the Open Houses, you will be able to view the status of the plan, learn how community feedback has been incorporated into the plan, review the proposed green building concepts, and provide further input to help make our idea for a healthy community market come to life. I hope you can join us at either of the open houses. Details for the events are below.

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Brackenridge Campus at EcoDistricts Incubator

ecodistricts copyWe’re pleased and excited to announce that the Central Health Brackenridge Campus was selected as one of 12 projects to be included in the EcoDistricts Incubator from May 18-20.

To achieve Central Health’s vision of transforming Central Texas into a model healthy community, we need the best planning tools, close collaboration with our partners, and access to a national network engaged in urban regeneration.  Participation in the EcoDistricts Incubator will help achieve important goals for the Central Health Brackenridge Campus. It will advance our efforts to provide access to health care to those who need it most, moving Travis County toward a model healthy community. It will also promote uses and programs at the Brackenridge Campus that support our short and long-term fiscal stability, promote economic equity and deliver returns for the residents and taxpayers of Travis County.

The EcoDistricts Incubator is a three-day intensive, project-based workshop designed to accelerate district-scale sustainability across North America, and will provide advanced training to help teams advance their clearly defined urban sustainability projects. EcoDistricts brings together neighborhood stakeholders, property developers, utilities and municipalities with the goal of achieving outcomes including improved environmental performance, deployment of emerging technologies, improved community participation, new patterns of behavior, economic development for local businesses, and job creation. This approach is a new model of public-private partnership that emphasizes innovation and deployment of district-scale best practices to create the neighborhoods of the future – resilient, vibrant, resource efficient and just. EcoDistricts was integral to Austin’s Seaholm District project and maintains a national reputation as a leader in helping district-scale projects transform cities.  

President & CEO Patricia A. Young Brown is leading Central Health’s delegation at the three-day incubator.  Joining her from Central Health are Senior Director of Strategy & Business Development Sarah Malm and Senior Director of Communications Monica Crowley. Also joining the delegation are McCann Adams Studio Principal & Chief Executive Officer Jana McCann, City of Austin Chief Service Officer Sly Majid, Waller Creek Conservancy Chief Executive Officer Peter Mullan, and Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority President & Chief Executive Officer Linda Watson. 

We invite you to learn more about EcoDistricts and the upcoming incubator by visiting ecodistricts.org/incubator

Central Health Holds Brackenridge Campus Community Forum Moderated by Senator Kirk Watson

Senator Kirk Watson moderated a half-day community forum today, providing the public with information about and a forum to ask questions regarding possible plans for repurposing Central Health’s Brackenridge Campus.

Central Health is developing a comprehensive redevelopment plan for the campus, which includes University Medical Center Brackenridge as well as the 14.3 acres of land on which it’s constructed. Central Health was deeded by the City of Austin in 2005 when the hospital district was created and has since leased UMCB to Seton, who operates the hospital. In 2017, hospital operations at University Medical Center Brackenridge will relocate to the new Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas at Austin.

“By redeveloping its downtown campus, Central Health has a wonderful opportunity to further its health care mission while also injecting new life into a previously underutilized part of town. Maximizing the value and use of this land will support Central Health’s integrated delivery system, which is providing high-quality, coordinated health care to those who need it most. And we can build a place where people will truly live, work, play, innovate, study and become healthier,” Senator Kirk Watson said.

Central Health began the process to redevelop the property in 2014, first developing a set of guiding principles, which were adopted by the Board of Managers. These principles – Mission, Stewardship, and Partnership – have served to focus the project on deriving the most benefit for the community we serve. Central Health is working to incorporate extensive community input into this process through surveys, presentations and community-wide events like the one held today.

“It’s critical that our strategy for the Brackenridge Campus serve the best interest of the public, which is why we’ve worked at every turn to keep our community informed and to ensure the opportunity for widespread and active participation. It’s our hope the redeveloped Brackenridge Campus will continue to serve the safety net health care needs of the residents of Travis County like it has for so many years,” Patricia A. Young Brown, Central Health President & CEO, said.

Central Health and Gensler Austin, the architectural firm chosen to lead the master planning process, are considering how Central Health can collaborate with nearby projects such as the Waller Creek Conservancy efforts and with nearby neighborhoods. Todd Runkle, Managing Director at Gensler Austin, and Jim Adams, Principle at McCann Adams Studio, presented various conceptual pieces demonstrating how the project could be home to a variety of health care services, while still serving as a green, walkable, and open environment for the community.

“We have an opportunity to create a vibrant and vital hub in the City of Austin that will focus on healthcare, education and research. The Brackenridge Campus will be planned and designed to foster innovation, cultivate talent and provide essential services for the community. Working with our partners at The University of Texas, Seton, and the State of Texas, we will build on our collective strengths to make Austin a global leader in education, healthcare and life sciences. We look forward to working together with the local community to create a healthy campus with strong planning principals and environmentally sensitive architecture to bring the new Brackenridge Campus vision to reality!” Todd Runkle, Gensler Austin Principal/Managing Director, said.