Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center construction on schedule

Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center construction on schedule
Nine stories high, construction workers appear to dance across the steel framework of the Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center addition.

The nine-story Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center addition in framing phase.

Steel fabrication continues on a new addition to the Baptist MD Anderson Cancer, with the frame of the nine-story structure expected to be finished within the next three to four months.

When the addition is completed, projected for spring 2018, the new 330,000-square-foot facility will be connected via a skybridge to the current Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center at 1235 San Marco Blvd., which opened in October 2015.

The new building’s steel frame is expected to be completed this summer, according to Darin Roark, vice president of Oncology Services for Baptist Health.

“There is quite a bit more steel to go, with several phases ahead of us,” Roark said. “We are hoping to be able to top off the building with the last piece of steel by June or July of this year.”

Once the steel skeleton is finished, the next phase of construction will consist of an exterior frame for the building, including wall structures and glass, Roark noted.

The new facility’s main entrance will face Palm Avenue and construction includes a four-story parking deck with space for about 600 vehicles. Other aspects of the plan include a bicycle and pedestrian path from Palm Avenue to the railroad tracks on Nira Street as well as wide sidewalks along San Marco Blvd.

Despite a temporary interruption by Hurricane Matthew when land preparation had just begun last October, this season’s mild winter has allowed the $150 million project to continue unabated.

“We are on schedule for completion of construction in the spring of 2018 with grand opening plans to follow in early summer,” said Roark, who is a registered nurse and holds an MBA. “We are grateful to our neighbors for their patience as we continue to build a very complex structure.”

By Robert DeAngelo
Resident Community News

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