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.