AUSTIN--- A unanimous vote was made Wednesday by a committee to recommend approval of the site plan for the Dell Medical School. The University of Texas Board of Regents will vote Thursday.
The initial phase will transform the Waller Creek area from 15th Street to MLK. The Dell Medical School would sit across the Red River from the Frank Erwin Center. Other medical-related buildings are proposed on Waller Creek in the park.
The medical school is expected to open in the summer of 2016. If all goes as planned, Seton would begin construction on a teaching hospital that would be across the street in the parking lot in early 2017.
Larry Speck, a professor in the School of Architecture at UT, presented the master plan to the committee. He says the Frank Erwin Center will coexist with the medical school for a while, however, in six to ten years, the Frank Erwin Center would probably be replaced.
"There would have to be a long-term planning process to eventually phase out the Erwin Center," Speck said.
The 35-year-old Frank Erwin Center is home to UT basketball, the venue for big name concerts and home to quite a bit a history.
"I don't know how that would go over with the students," Rita Holguin, a senior at UT said.
UT sophomore Ryan Carlson said he would hate to see it go too.
"That's been a staple of when you drive into Austin and come into campus. That's one of the first things you see besides the stadium," he said.
With the master plan, you'll start to see changes across the campus. While the Erwin Center will remain for now, the UT Penick-Allison Tennis Center in Centennial Park will have to be relocated.