Facility Tours

The most innovative facilities in the greater Austin area will welcome you to tour their locations and discuss their design, planning and construction choices. Enjoy this excellent educational, inspirational, and networking opportunity. Pre-registration is required for all of tours as well as an additional fee. Those registered for the tours should meet at the Austin Convention Center on Sunday, Septembet 17th by 1:30 pm to board the buses for the tours. 

Sunday, September 17, 2017, 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM


TOUR 1: Design Institute for Health Tour

The Design Institute for Health is a first-of-its-kind initiative dedicated to applying a creative design-based approach to the nation’s health care challenges — and rapidly integrating that perspective into medical education and community health programs. Attendees will get a chance to see the studio and the work they are doing on the health ecosystem, and a tour of the adjacent clinical facilities.


TOUR 2: Dell Children’s Medical Center Tour

Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas is proud to be the first hospital in the world to earn platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for outstanding Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). This designation means that they have exceeded environmental standards in five areas: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, selection of materials and resources and indoor environmental quality.

When Dell Children’s Medical Center broke ground on the Robert Mueller Development site in 2004, the Seton Family of Hospitals had a vision of creating a “green” hospital that would set new standards. Over the last several years, world-renowned medical professionals, architects, environmentalists and elected officials have toured Dell Children’s to learn what it takes to build and operate a LEED certified hospital. HFSE attendees will get the same chance during this tour.