Seton Medical Center Surgery Center Expansion

Austin, TX

Project Description

The scope of this project involved building an expanded day surgery as well as creating a new entry, chapel and “front door” image for a rather dated 1970s hospital. Though tied visually to the original hospital by low brick walls and by shared rhythms and proportions, the new building offers a bold new image for the medical center. In order to make the complex feel more open and inviting, glass and light are used together to create a sense of precision and technological sophistication while also lending a feeling of softness and illusiveness. These qualities were deemed appropriate for a building where the very most modern medical equipment is employed alongside nurturing and compassion and where scientific exactness coexists with human emotion and vulnerability.

This Surgery Center addition added 13 operating rooms, 72 day hospital pre / post recovery rooms and a new patient admitting and testing center. The expansion increases the hospital’s surgery capacity while also giving it a fresh new look that feels precise and progressive as well as warm and secure.



AIA Austin Honor Award
Modern Healthcare - Honorable Mention for Healthcare Facilities Design
Society of American Registered Architects Design Award for Excellence
Texas Society of Architects Design Award

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