May 15, 2019 11:22 AM
(ABC 6 News) -- Patients at Mayo Clinic Health System's Austin campus will soon notice construction crews as they head through the front door.
Monday night, the Austin Planning Commission approved the health system's request to build a two-story addition on the 1970s portion of the building adjacent to the main entrance.
Mayo spokesperson Rick Thiesse tells ABC 6 News the addition is part of the overall updates to the facility, including an $11.2 million family birthing center, announced last year.
"This construction will connect existing elevators near the front entrance of the medical center to the newly updated medical/surgical floor and the new birth center," he said in an email.
Bill Steed with Kahler Slater, which is working with Mayo on the project, told planning commission members the various parts of the project "are all designed to tie into the architectural language of the new clinic, the newer clinic part of the hospital."
Plans also call for building a garden wall to hide some of the mechanical utilities from view.
Work is expected to start in the near future.
Created: May 15, 2019 11:22 AM
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