Designing and constructing new buildings is a team-oriented activity at MD Anderson, where the ideas and needs of those who use and benefit from the facilities are key. The following stories provide some great examples.
Double black diamond skier Bill Daigneau likes a good challenge. A curious and thoughtful engineer, he is MD Anderson's vice president for operations and facilities management. For the past 17 years, he's helped bring to life facilities that focus on meeting the needs of patients, visitors and employees.
The towering new building anchoring MD Anderson's Mid Campus resembles a ship with its prow facing the Texas Medical Center. Inside, the institution's Mid Campus Building 1 is a warm, bright and colorful space with an indoor-outdoor café and large, well-equipped meeting and conference rooms on the lower floors.
It was all part of the initial plan. When architects, engineers and construction workers returned to MD Anderson's Alkek Hospital in 2007, the foundation was in place to add nine floors to the existing building to meet the institution's growing inpatient needs.
Advances in cancer detection and treatment will materialize rapidly in the coming decades thanks to the convergence of genome analysis, advanced imaging and the development of targeted therapies at MD Anderson's South Campus Research Buildings III and IV.
If you had to design a space that appealed to a 5-year-old as well as a 25-year-old, what would it look like? That is exactly the question architects, patients, volunteers and parents have worked to answer for the past year about the renovation of
MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital.
The opening of new facilities across MD Anderson's campus in the Texas Medical Center has expanded the institution's total square footage from 4.7 million in Fiscal Year 1997 to 14.7 million in Fiscal Year 2011.