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Growth Continues at M. D. Anderson with Approval of New Research Facility

Growth Continues at M. D. Anderson with Approval of New Research Facility
M. D. Anderson News Release 11/16/00

 

The University of Texas System Board of Regents today (Nov. 16) approved plans for construction of a new research facility for The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, the latest addition to a rapidly growing physical plant and the first facility to reside on the cancer center's south campus.

The 132,300-square-foot South Campus Clinical Research Facility will be located at the corner of Old Spanish Trail and Fannin Street, adjacent to M. D. Anderson’s existing R. E. (Bob) Smith Research Building. Construction of the four-story building, which will house moderately equipped research laboratories, is expected to begin in February 2001.

The $33.5 million budgeted for the project includes the research building and infrastructure costs, such as road construction and parking. The project will be funded by $15.2 million in local revenue bonds and $18.3 million in revenues earned from M. D. Anderson patient services.

"M. D. Anderson is experiencing great growth, both because of increases in research funding and the numbers of patients we serve," says Dr. John Mendelsohn, president of M. D. Anderson. "The new research facility will allow our faculty to do their best work in modern facilities. The project will be fast-tracked and completed as quickly as possible so as not to sideline important research endeavors."

M. D. Anderson’s Strategic Vision 2000-2005 aims to increase some research and patient care activities by up to 50 percent over the next five years, with coordinated prospective planning for the necessary additional people, facilities, financial resources and operating efficiencies.

The new research facility will have three and one-half floors of office, laboratory and laboratory support space, with the first floor of the building designated as a partial lobby, general receiving, conferencing and laboratory support area.

In addition to approving the budget and construction of the South Campus building, the Regents awarded the design-build contracts to H & M Construction Co. Inc. of North Carolina and Houston-based Philo & Wilke Architects. Construction of the facility is expected to be completed in April 2002.

Total research expenditures for M. D. Anderson exceeded $183 million in fiscal year 2000. In fiscal year 1999, M. D. Anderson ranked first in the number of grants awarded by both the National Cancer Institute (180) and the American Cancer Society (31). More than 160 biomedical inventions by faculty have been licensed within the last decade.

Designated one of six World Health Organization Collaborating Centers in Supportive Cancer Care, M. D. Anderson served approximately 65,000 patients, with 448,690 outpatient treatment visits, in fiscal year 2000. Some 9,300 patients were enrolled in 673 clinical trials, studies to advance therapy and offer potential benefit to patients who have failed to improve with standard therapy.

Managed growth in personnel, programs and facilities has been a key issue at M. D. Anderson, currently ranked the number one cancer hospital in the country by U. S. News & World Report

(July 2000). The South Campus Clinical Research Facility is the newest project on M. D. Anderson's expanding campus. The M. D. Anderson campus spans from its main complex at 1515 Holcombe, southward to a 28-acre parcel at the intersection of Old Spanish Trail and Fannin Street. The new facility will be at the most southern tip of the M. D. Anderson campus.

 

Other recent projects include:

 

  • The 13-story Faculty Center, which opened in September, will be home to about 1,400 faculty and staff representing 32 departments plus ancillary and support functions once the moves are completed in January.
  • The 198-room Jesse H. Jones Rotary House International patient/family hotel is adding 124 rooms and an adjoining garage. The expansion is on schedule with completion expected by early 2001.
  • The 12th floor of the Albert B. and Margaret M. Alkek Hospital will open in January with two new patient care areas. One nursing pod will provide a protected environment for patients with compromised immune systems. The other area will feature suites for patients and their families wanting additional amenities, such as concierge or business services, larger rooms and enhanced décor.
  • The new 505,000-square-foot Basic Sciences Research Building will be constructed immediately north of and connected to the existing M. D. Anderson complex. Project completion is scheduled for 2003, creating a biomedical research facility to support a wide range of research and laboratory requirements in the next several decades.

A new 600,000-square-foot, 12- to 15-story Ambulatory Clinical Building will house outpatient clinics, diagnostic imaging services, treatment and surgical areas, patient care services and staff offices. Plans are being developed for construction on the south side of Holcombe Boulevard, across the street from the main cancer center complex, adjacent to the UT Houston Main Building. This building, still in preliminary programming stages, is scheduled for completion in late 2003.

11/16/00


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