Health Discovery Building

Health Discovery Building with plaza full of tables and chairs

Even before Dell Medical School became a reality, The University of Texas at Austin was internationally known as a research powerhouse, drawing about $500 million in research funding annually. The university’s laboratory-based research was particularly strong in health-related fields, including biomedical engineering, neurosciences, addiction, biochemistry, cancer, infectious diseases and pharmaceutics. But the university hadn’t had a way to connect advances in its labs to the lives of real patients.

The Dell Medical School Health Discovery Building changes that. Its bridge to the school’s clinical services building, the Health Transformation Building, is both physical and metaphorical. Translating research from the bench to the bedside is easier with this connection, as well as shared imaging equipment. A technology incubator in the building — a rarity in academia — helps ensure that promising research from across campus reaches the global marketplace.

And the green space surrounding it all — recently awarded a Gold Certification from the Sustainable Sites Initiative — provides an urban oasis for Austin’s health district inhabitants. 

Building Breakdown

Interaction Space

Some of the most innovative work happens when scientists from unrelated disciplines come together, so architects designed the Health Discovery Building to promote an interdisciplinary approach.

Lecture Hall/Breakout Rooms

A lecture hall, pair of breakout conference rooms, and two-story lobby with conversation alcoves are places for sharing knowledge and exchanging ideas.

Imaging Center

The Health Discovery Building's imaging equipment makes it world-class, and its top-of-the-line equipment helps attract the most capable researchers.

Health CoLab

Health researchers, entrepreneurs and others come together here to develop new solutions that align with the mission of the medical school.


With hundreds of patients, staff, and visitors accessing this area every day, it is full of life within the Dell Medical School campus.

Waller Creek

The construction along Waller Creek is designed to be sustainable and incorporate native species.