Facility Tours

The most innovative facilities in the greater Austin area will welcome you to tour their locations and discuss their design, planning and construction choices. Enjoy this excellent educational, inspirational, and networking opportunity. Pre-registration is required for all of tours as well as an additional fee. Those registered for the tours should meet at the Austin Convention Center on Sunday, October 7 by 1:30 pm to board the buses for the tours. 

Sunday, October 7, 2018
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM


TOUR 1: The Design Institute and UT Health Austin Clinic​

The Design Institute for Health, is a first-of-its-kind institute born from the radical collaboration between Dell Medical School and the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. Health is one of the last frontiers to embrace design as a creative, human-centered approach to defining and solving problems. Through design, the Design Institute provokes every aspect of health systems to work better for people. Our embedded team of health design specialists uses creative problem-solving methods to deeply understand the needs of patients and providers, generate fresh systemic approaches, and rapidly prototype and realize solutions.

Provoking New Behaviors: UT Health Austin Clinic Experience Design
In October 2017, Dell Medical School opened UT Health Austin, a set of clinics and care teams designed around health conditions. The initial set of clinics focused on conditions most impacting health across Travis County. The Design Institute collaborated on the space design, service design, tool design, and systems design to co-create an entirely new experience centered around people: patients, caregivers, and providers. Learn more about the clinic design case study at DesignInHealth.org. 

This behind the scenes tour of the UT Health Austin clinics is designed to take Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo attendees on a rare journey through the clinics on a day when patients are not being seen. Design Institute leaders will provide insights on the design process that led to the functioning clinics where patient-centered environments improve care experiences. The clinics reorient the experience and provoke entirely new relationships between patients and providers, within care teams, and most importantly, between a patient and their role in their health.


Tour 2: Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas

The facility is part of a vibrant, diverse, dense urban district, located in Austin, Texas. The LEED Gold certified 195-bed teaching hospital includes the area’s only Level 1 Trauma Center, a 30-bed intensive care unit, a 30-bed universal care unit, 135 med/surg beds, 12 operating rooms, 1 hybrid operating room and 2 cath labs. The design establishes a formal gateway and health anchor to the campus; and, with built-in flexibility, the north tower is planned for a four-story vertical expansion to the existing seven patient floors. The facility is the area’s only level 1 trauma center represents HKS’ commitment to serving the needs of the most vulnerable populations.

The main entrance is oriented on Red River to create a public plaza for those entering from 15th, establishing a medical district anchor. Public entrances and functions are at grade level with service traffic removed from view. Extensive glass creates a visual disruption, highlighting activity within. To reduce the impression of building mass, HKS implemented a human-scaled approach through recessed areas, terraces, roof top gardens, façade treatments and material application. Building typologies informed the building program. The combo of L-shaped, low-, mid- and high-rise typologies break up building massing, and the rotation of bar forms highlight program elements and views. Distinct horizontal material sectors correspond with function, mass and scale. Limestone harkens back to the main UT campus, while metal panels and louvers form building caps and transitions.