Seton names contractor for $295M teaching hospital
JE Dunn Construction has been selected as the general contracting firm for Seton Healthcare Family’s $295 million teaching hospital at East 15th and Red River streets.
The Kansas City-based company was selected from among 13 contracting companies that submitted qualifications for consideration. Of those, six provided proposals for the project and four finalists were interviewed. In a statement, Seton officials said they looked at safety record, quality of work, experience in large-scale, complex health care facilities, financial stability, reputation for completing on time and budget, and a commitment to working with diverse subcontractors.
JE Dunn has been operating in Austin for more than a decade and has managed several high-profile projects in downtown Austin including the 360 Condominiums, 7th & Rio Apartments and IBC Bank Plaza. The company also built the new Topfer Theatre at Zach Scott Theatre and is currently renovating Seton Northwest Hospital.
The new 210-bed hospital will be part of the Dell Medical School complex and is scheduled to begin construction this year, with completion expected in 2017. Seton is fully funding the hospital’s construction and operations with the help of $50 million in donations. A $35 million annual contribution from Travis County residents will pay for “safety net” care for the area’s economically challenged population.
Local officials expect the creation of the medical school complex will lead to 15,000 new jobs, in addition to construction work.