Much-needed primary and specialty health care, as well as surgical services, for a growing Northwest Side drew an important step closer with a beam-signing ceremony for the UT Health at Kyle Seale Parkway outpatient and surgery center, signaling that crews have completed the steel construction phase of the project.
Leaders of UT Health Physicians, the clinical practice of UT Health San Antonio, contractors and community supporters celebrated at the site, located near the southeast corner of Loop 1604 and Kyle Seale Parkway in San Antonio, signing the last structural beam that will be placed atop the building’s frame.
James Anderson, Bartlett Cocke General Contractors CEO, the facility’s construction contractor, said the ceremony included the placement of a live oak tree at the top of the structure to “symbolize good luck and hope.”
“By setting the final beam into place, the building reaches its pinnacle. We capture and realize the physical limits of the facility but what this really symbolizes is the discovery and commitment by UT’s mission to make lives better,” he said.
The five-story, 108,000-square-foot community medical facility, with a current projected total cost of $66 million, is expected to open in early 2024. The project represents a clinical expansion for UT Health San Antonio and is part of the university’s overall plan to meet the needs of continued community growth.
“The North and the Northwest quadrant of Bexar County is growing more rapidly than any other segment,” said Robert Leverence, MD, vice dean for clinical affairs for UT Health San Antonio and executive director of UT Health Physicians. “To meet that specific demand, we are putting a full-service medical building in the middle of that growth. It will be about as full-service as you can get, outside of a hospital setting.”
UT Health at Kyle Seale Parkway will include primary care, gastroenterology, obstetrics and gynecology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, otolaryngology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and physical therapy, as well as pathology and radiology — with the latest diagnostic laboratory testing and convenient imaging services including MRI, CT scan and ultrasound.
The center will include an ambulatory surgery center with four operating rooms. And it will have approximately 30,000 square feet of shelled space for future expansion.
UT Health San Antonio will own and operate the center. The construction contractor is Bartlett Cocke General Contractors, with architectural services being provided by Alamo Architects.
The project will have an estimated total economic impact of $42.4 million annually once operations begin and will support 140 jobs.
For more information on UT Health at Kyle Seale Parkway and to view renderings of the new center, go to https://www.uthscsa.edu/patient-care/physicians/ut-health-kyle-seale.