Central Health aims to save $500,000 annually with new utility project at downtown campus

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The board of managers for Travis County’s healthcare district, Central Health, approved a reimbursable $1.8 million contract with Braun & Butler Construction to make improvements to the heating and cooling facilities located at Central Health’s downtown property.

Seton Family of Hospitals currently houses its Community Education Center in a portion of the downtown property that the hospital group leases from Central Health. The lease agreement lasts until 2024 and requires that Central Health provide the center’s utilities.

According to a memo presented to the Central Health board of managers, the current utility system on the campus is expensive and inefficient to operate. Replacing the system would result in $500,000 in savings per year, according to the memo. To replace the utilities system, Seton agreed to reimburse Central Health up to $2,040,000.

Funding for the contract with Braun & Butler Construction comes from Central Health’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget. According to the agreement Seton is required to reimburse Central Health within 9 months of the project’s completion.

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Emma Whalen
Emma is Community Impact Newspaper's Houston City Hall reporter. Previously, she covered health care and public education in Austin.
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