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


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 Northwest Austin reporter. She is also responsible for citywide health care and entertainment coverage. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism in May 2017.
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