Dell Seton Medical Center of Central Texas earns Austin Energy Green Building four-star award

March 28, 2018

Austin Energy presented the Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas a four-star Austin Energy Green Building rating for sustainable design and construction of the new teaching hospital at the University of Texas at Austin during a March 27 ceremony.

The Dell Seton Medical Center of Central Texas is a full service teaching hospital, located in the new University of Texas Medical District and emerging Austin Innovation District. UT Austin, the Seton/Ascension healthcare network, and Central Health partnered on its development. Austin Energy’s Green Building team worked with Dell Seton for nearly four years on the design and construction of the teaching hospital, which opened its doors in 2017. Austin Energy helped Dell Seton establish and meet sustainability goals for the project. The energy efficiency measures employed by the hospital demonstrate a 23 percent reduction in its greenhouse gas footprint compared to a facility built to code. Furthering this pursuit to reduce and offset impact, the hospital enrolled in Austin Energy’s Green Choice, 100 percent renewable Texas wind energy program at a Patron Level.

The new hospital earned $262,000 in rebates for high efficiency lighting, lighting controls, variable frequency drives, air conditioning and an innovative custom technology project using a heat pump chiller to provide heating in lieu of demand-causing electric heat.

Dell Seton Medical Center is the third facility from Ascension health care to receive at least a four-star rating from Austin Energy Green Building.

“This teaching hospital demonstrates what is possible when design and construction teams are wholeheartedly committed to leading the way in green building,” said Jackie Sargent, Austin Energy General Manager.

The hospital was also awarded a LEED Gold Certification from the USGBC. Three other UT Health District buildings were presented with LEED Gold Certifications. The campus also earned the world’s first PEER (Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal) certification in the world for power system performance, and a SITES Gold certification for sustainable landscape design and performance. Mahesh Ramanujam, CEO of the USGBC presented the awards.

Learn more about Dell Seton’s four-star rating and other Austin Energy Green Building case studies.

About Dell Seton
Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas is the primary teaching hospital for Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin, and anchors a new healthcare innovation zone in downtown Austin. For more information, visit

About Austin Energy
Austin Energy, the City of Austin’s electric utility, serves more than 475,000 customer accounts and more than one million residents in Greater Austin. The utility’s mission — to safely deliver clean, affordable, reliable energy and excellent customer service — has guided Austin Energy in powering the community and supporting the region’s growth since 1895. As a publicly owned utility, Austin Energy contributes more than $109 million annually to support important City services such as streetlights, parks, libraries and public safety. Austin Energy Green Building, the nation’s first green building program, develops and maintains an Austin-specific rating system, which helps carry out climate protection goals. The program paves the way for energy and building code changes that reduce energy use. For more information about Austin Energy, visit

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Caption: Left to right: Peter Mullan, CEO of the Waller Creek Conservancy; Juan Ontiveros, Associate Vice President for Utilities and Energy Management at the University of Texas at Austin; Steve Adler, Mayor - City of Austin; Ora Houston, Council Member District 1 – City of Austin; Jackie Sargent, General Manager, Austin Energy; Mahesh Ramanujam, CEO for the U.S. Green Building Council; Clay Johnston, Dean of the Dell Medical School; Christann Vasquez, President - Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas at Austin.

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