Project Photos: Brackenridge Tranquility Garden at University Medical Center Brackenridge in Downtown Austin

July 2, 2012 by Brad Lingvai

BIG RED DOG is pleased to have been the Civil Engineering consultant for the design team on the new Brackenridge Tranquility Garden at University Medical Center with our friends from TBG Partners. Big Red Dog Engineering was responsible for the site development engineering design and permitting through the City of Austin.

The new 8,400-square-foot UMC Brackenridge Tranquility Garden was formally dedicated Wednesday, June 20. Margaret Kuempel Brady, daughter of the late Texas Rep. Edmund Kuempel, who died Nov. 4, 2010, in Austin from cardiac arrest, was the featured speaker; the garden was named after her father.

The photos that follow show off the completed project. Enjoy!




Some key notes about the Tranquility Garden from The University Medical Center Brackenridge Tranquility Garden blog.

  • The main users of this garden are going to come from the ICU (intensive care unit) waiting room.  When a patient dies or if there is an unexpected tragedy, the families congregate in the hallway to get away from others in the room.  They really needed a space to move them outside the doors to “process” what is happening or what just happened.  They need something private, yet close; shaded, inviting and enveloping.
  • Brack is the regional trauma center; level 2 in the Southwest US.  They get the most severe in 11 counties.  Trauma is 60% of the population.  The big difference is what happens here is that these people weren’t planning on coming here.  These are life changing, family changing events.
  • Just as the events are tragic for the families, they are just as stressful for the staff (doctors and nurses) attending to these patients.  They need a separate space to be able to decompress.  These caregivers are under extreme stress and need to be able to be by themselves.


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Written by Brad Lingvai

Brad Lingvai

Mr. Lingvai is the Commercial Services Market Leader in the BIG RED DOG Austin office. He is also a co-founder of the firm and has been a leader on hundreds of central Texas projects since the founding of BIG RED DOG in 2009. Austin-area projects of note that have benefited from his expertise include Belterra, Waller Creek, the Robert Mueller Municipal Airport (“Mueller”) redevelopment project, and The Domain shopping center. He has extensive experience with design and coordination of water, wastewater, and drainage studies and systems, water quality and detention ponds, and conceptual layouts of gas, electric, and telecommunication lines. Mr. Lingvai received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the The University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA) and is registered as a Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.