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Regents Approve Cancer Prevention Building; 

Regents Approve Cancer Prevention Building; 
New Center to House Patient Clinics, Administrative Areas
M. D. Anderson News Release 08/08/02

The Board of Regents of The University of Texas System today approved funding and design for a new building as part of the expanding campus for The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. 

To be called the Cancer Prevention Building, the 355,000-square-foot facility will house faculty and administrative offices as well as clinic and consultation areas for breast imaging, cancer prevention, behavioral science and epidemiology. The nine-story building also will include a conference center and food service facility. 

The building, with a projected cost of $110.4 million, is expected to open to patients and occupants in late 2004. The new facility will be constructed along Pressler Avenue with $85 million in revenue bond proceeds and $25.4 million in revenues earned by M. D. Anderson. 

The clinical and administrative building is the second of several structures planned for the 22.4 acre site on the southeast corner of Fannin Street and Holcombe Boulevard. The total development – potentially more than two million square feet – ultimately may include four clinical buildings and two parking garages in the coming decade, said William A. Daigneau, vice president of operations and facilities management. 

"This building will allow us to keep pace with increasing demands for outpatient cancer care and for expanding research and educational activities," said Daigneau. "The campus will nearly double M. D. Anderson's clinical capacity when it is completed." 

The first building in the development, the seven-story, 732,000 square foot Ambulatory Clinical Building (ACB), is already under construction with occupancy scheduled for 2004. Located at the corner of Holcombe Boulevard and Bertner Avenue, the ACB will accommodate outpatient clinics and care centers, diagnostic services, radiation oncology, treatment and procedure areas, imaging services, administrative areas and faculty offices. 

A bridge will connect the newly-approved building to the ACB, allowing greater access from offices to clinics for faculty and staff. Ultimately, all buildings on the site will be interconnected, and also connected to M. D. Anderson's existing campus via an overhead pedestrian bridge. 

Construction of one of two parking garages also is under way on the site. The garage will provide 1,600 spaces for patients and employees and when the total development is complete, it will include up to 7,000 parking spaces in garages and underground levels.
 
"We project a dramatic increase in admissions, clinic visits and additional staff in the coming decade," M. D. Anderson Executive Vice President Leon Leach said. "All our clinical and research facilities are operating at capacity now, so development of an adjacent site on the edge of the Texas Medical Center is necessary to fulfill our mission." 

The total number of patients served at M. D. Anderson has increased 49 percent in the last five years, from 43,910 in 1996 to more than 65,000 cancer patients in 2001. M. D. Anderson recorded 469,068 outpatient clinic visits, treatments and procedures, an increase of 38 percent in the last five years. 

The Cancer Prevention Building site currently includes parking lots, the ACB currently under construction and the 400,000 square-foot Houston Main Building (HMB). The HMB was built in the 1950s as the southwest headquarters of the Prudential Insurance Company. This building is expected to be demolished in 2005 or 2006, Leach said, to make room for the expanding development. 

The newly-approved building was designed by FKP Architects Inc. of Houston. The master plan for the site was designed by Kaplan McLaughlin Diaz Architects of San Francisco, in association with FKP Architects.

08/08/02


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