Texas Children’s hosts topping-out ceremony for Northwest Austin hospital

Texas Children's held a topping-out and tree-hoisting ceremony to mark a construction milestone on Northwest Austin hospital. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas Children's held a topping-out and tree-hoisting ceremony to mark a construction milestone on Northwest Austin hospital. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)

Texas Children's held a topping-out and tree-hoisting ceremony to mark a construction milestone on Northwest Austin hospital. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)

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The ceremony included comments from Texas Children's president and CEO Mark A. Wallace. Patients and their families were also present. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The hospital is expected to open in February 2024. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The facility will have 52 patient beds. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)
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This will be Texas Children's first hospital in Austin. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas Children’s Hospital leadership, doctors, patients and contractors celebrated a construction milestone with a topping-out and tree-hoisting ceremony May 13.

The 52-bed, 365,000-square-foot hospital is expected to open to patients in February 2024, Michelle Riley-Brown, an executive vice president with Texas Children’s Hospital, said in an interview. The approximately 25-acre campus will also include a 170,000-square-foot outpatient building and a 1,200-car parking structure.

The facility, located at 9835 N. Lake Creek Parkway, Austin, will be Texas Children’s first hospital in Austin.

The hospital system, which first entered the Central Texas market about five years ago, operates 17 outpatient facilities, such as primary, specialty and urgent care locations, in Austin and Bryan-College Station, Riley-Brown said. It also owns land in South Austin, which City Council recently voted to annex. Texas Children’s operates three hospitals in Houston.

“This has been our promise from the very beginning of the journey into Austin—to seamlessly serve even more families in the great state of Texas and deliver the highest quality of care and service right here in Austin, closer to the patients’ homes,” said Mark A. Wallace, president and CEO of Texas Children’s Hospital.


Preston Hodges, vice president of McCarthy Building Companies, the construction company working on the new hospital, said traditional topping-out ceremonies involve placing a tree on top of a new building to commemorate the living trees that were displaced for construction. He said the oak tree lifted to the top of the building will be planted on-site as part of the hospital’s landscaping.

“We continue to hoist the tree to the top of the structure to signify and celebrate the topping out of the project in anticipation of the lives that will be better with the addition of this project,” Hodges said.

The Texas Children's hospital is one of two pediatric and women's hospitals coming to the Northwest Austin area. Dell Children’s is also building a facility nearby at the intersection of Avery Ranch Boulevard and 183A Toll. This hospital—set to open in April 2023—held its topping-out ceremony in early March.

By Claire Shoop

Reporter, Northwest Austin

Claire joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2019 as the reporter for the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition and in December 2021 moved to Austin to become the reporter for the Northwest Austin edition. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2019 where she studied journalism, government and Arabic. While in school, Claire was a fellow for The Texas Tribune, worked for the student newspaper, The Daily Texan, and spent a semester in Washington, D.C. She enjoys playing cards with her family and listening to the Boss, Bruce Springsteen.