By Eric Jay Toll for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
Mid-January will be the ground-breaking for the previously-announced near-doubling of the Banner-MD Anderson Cancer Center on its campus at Gilbert Rd. and U.S. 60, Gilbert. AZBEX was first to report, last May, on the $63M expansion adding 111K SF to the 130K SF building.
MD Anderson Cancer Center’s first branch campus—located on the Banner Gateway Hospital Gilbert campus—has seen record patient census in its outpatient facilities. Designed by HKS Inc. with DPR Construction as GC, the multi-story facility adds significant patient treatment capacity to the clinic. The hospital has seen 5,000 patients since opening in 2011.
Project Includes Shell Space for Future Expansion
The construction incorporates developed areas and shell space for future expansion. It will increase linear accelerators from three to five, with room to add a sixth unit in the future. Clinical exam rooms will be doubled to 60. The number of infusion bays increases from 40 to 53. Space is being dedicated for the stem cell transplantation and cellular therapy program.
At the center of the expansion is the Cox Center for Integrative Oncology and Cancer Prevention bestowed with a $5M gift from the James M. Cox Family Foundation. The center incorporates traditional cancer treatment with a program of complementary integrative medicine.
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is one of the most highly rated facilities in the world
Banner Gateway Plans to Expand As Well
Over the summer, Banner Gateway Hospital, located just to the southwest of MD Anderson, announced plans for a parking garage and seven story patient tower. No groundbreaking date has been set for the inpatient hospital’s expansion.