Ascension Seton Installs New Pedestrian Sky Bridge


skybridge for seton newsConnecting our historic past to our state-of-the-art future

On Aug. 13, JE Dunn Construction crews installed a new pedestrian sky bridge to connect the historic Red River parking garage at 15th  Street to Dell Ascension Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, Seton’s newest teaching hospital.

The sky bridge will enable patients and visitors to easily access the new teaching hospital, regardless of weather or traffic conditions.

“This is a major milestone in the construction process to open the new teaching hospital,” said Christann Vasquez, president of Dell Ascension Seton at UT.

Prior to the elevation of the bridge, five truckloads hauled 50 separate parts of the bridge onto the construction site. Those parts were then assembled into a clear, enclosed bridge weighing over 80,000 pounds.

The new 517,000 square-foot teaching hospital, which opens in May 2017, will serve as Central Texas’ only adult Level I Trauma center and be a destination for neuroscience and musculoskeletal expertise. Dell Ascension Seton at UT is being paid for by Ascension Seton and generous donors. It will serve as the main teaching hospital for Dell Medical School at The University of Texas.

The hospital, medical school and Central Health—Travis County’s health care district—are collaborating to transform health care delivery in ways that make health care more patient-friendly and bridge for seton news3

                                                                                        Four-year old Henry looks on as the sky bridge is installed.