Dell Children's hospital marks construction milestone ahead of 2023 opening

Dell Children's North Medical Center celebrated a construction milestone March 2 with the final steel beam added to the new pediatric hospital in Northwest Austin. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Dell Children's North Medical Center celebrated a construction milestone March 2 with the final steel beam added to the new pediatric hospital in Northwest Austin. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Dell Children's North Medical Center celebrated a construction milestone March 2 with the final steel beam added to the new pediatric hospital in Northwest Austin. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Dell Children’s Medical Center North, which broke ground in May 2021, will be a 187,000-square-foot pediatric hospital with 36 beds, trauma services, two operating rooms, endoscopy rooms, procedure rooms, sleep labs and additional space for growth. (Courtesy Dell Children's Medical Center)
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Dell Children's North Medical Center celebrated a construction milestone March 2 with the final steel beam added to the new pediatric hospital in Northwest Austin. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Dell Children's North Medical Center celebrated a construction milestone March 2 with the final steel beam added to the new pediatric hospital in Northwest Austin. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Dell Children's North Medical Center celebrated a construction milestone March 2 with the final steel beam added to the new pediatric hospital in Northwest Austin. The hospital is scheduled to open in 2023.

The steel beam, which was signed by the construction team, was added to the hospital during a ceremonial topping-out event. Officials from Dell Children's and JE Dunn Construction and the development's construction team gathered to commemorate the milestone.

Cathy Heckenlively, the medical center's chief administrative officer, said the new hospital is part of Dell Children's and Ascension's plan to serve the youngest Central Texans. The pediatric hospital will have 36 beds, trauma services, two operating rooms, endoscopy rooms, a Ronald McDonald suite and an additional floor for growth of up to 72 more beds.

"This investment is going to allow the children of this area to stay closer to home to receive specialized pediatric care," Heckenlively said.

The hospital broke ground in May 2021 near the intersection of Avery Ranch Boulevard and 183A Toll. The development has two parts: a 187,000-square-foot, four-story hospital and a 60,000-square-foot medical office building for outpatient subspecialty services. The hospital is set to open in spring 2023 with the medical office building opening earlier in fall 2022.


A second nearby pediatric hospital will be built near RM 620 and Lake Creek Parkway. Texas Children’s Hospital announced it would build the medical center in May 2020. This is expected to open in late 2023.

By Taylor Girtman

Reporter, Cedar Park and Leander

Taylor Girtman became the reporter for the Cedar Park-Leander edition in February 2020. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Florida.