June 30, 2017
On June 30, 2007, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas began treating patients in its brand-new, technologically-advanced facility in the burgeoning Mueller community. The hospital was the first building to begin construction at Mueller when it broke ground in early 2005 to create what would become a 248-bed, 480,000-square-foot facility to serve a 46-county region roughly the size of Ohio. Since opening in 2007, Dell Children’s has had more than 1.3 million patient visits. There are also approximately 150 Seton employees who are both living and working in Mueller.
Developed, owned and operated by Seton Healthcare Family, the idea of building Austin’s first and only freestanding children’s hospital in Central Texas was generated in the early 2000s when Seton realized its previous location as part of the downtown Brackenridge campus was too small for a rapidly growing Central Texas pediatric-age population. The City of Austin encouraged Seton to take a look at the former Mueller Airport, which closed in 1999, as a possible location that had room for a hospital campus and a central Austin location.
It didn’t take long for Seton officials to understand what Mueller would become, and they agreed to purchase 32 acres that would be the site for the future hospital — plus a conference center, medical office buildings and a brand-new Ronald McDonald House — with room to grow. It also included seven healing gardens throughout the project — including a three-story center courtyard waterfall seen from many vantage points in the hospital — that represent each of seven defined ecosystems of Central Texas.
Consistent with Mueller’s goal for Sustainability and green building requirements, as they were incorporating a number of best practices into the design of the facility Seton also recognized the health and environmental benefits of going green. They took an important and bold step to seek LEED Platinum certification, making it not only the first hospital to earn the certification, but it also set the bar for others following the redevelopment goals for Mueller to become one of the most sustainable communities in the country.
Over time other developments within Mueller have risen to this challenge, exceeding the City of Austin’s already ambitious sustainability goals through the Austin Energy Green Building Program. To date, development at Mueller has included 11 U.S. Green Building Council LEED Gold or LEED Platinum rated buildings and is the largest community in the country to achieve U.S.G.B.C. LEED-Gold for Neighborhood Development.
A decade ago - on June 30, 2007, following an open house for the entire community to tour the $200 million facility, Dell Children’s officially began treating the region’s youngest patients. It also led the way for the live-work, green-built community Mueller has become 10 years later.
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