By Eric Jay Toll for The Arizona Builder’s Exchange
Last week AZBEX was first to report on the massive expansion planned for the newly opened M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert. Boosting the 133K SF outpatient clinic into major hospital status are plans for a 430K SF expansion encompassing a seven story patient tower and a near-50 percent expansion of the clinic.
A 1,000 space six level parking garage will be built with the tower. The expansion will build out the Banner Gateway-M. D. Anderson campus at U.S. 60 Superstition Fwy. and Higley Rd to capacity. An enclosed walkway will link the outpatient center with the patient tower.
Planning for growth is important, says a hospital spokesperson, because of the increasing patient volume since opening its doors in September 2011. Although no date is on the calendar and the Banner board has yet to formally approve the expansion, the hospital has obtained preliminary design approvals for the concept from Gilbert.
HKS is handling the design on the expansion and parking deck. DPR, the original GC, will build the project once the board gives its okay and financing is finalized. Based on the cost of the original facility, the new phases will total about $350M for the tower and outpatient expansion and $13.1M for the parking deck.
Both Gilbert and Mesa are excited about the three new phases for M.D. Anderson. The hospital’s focus is healing cancer patients—and it incorporates significant opportunities for clinical trials and pharmaceutical research and redevelopment. “This type of opportunity fits right into Gilbert’s life sciences strategy,” says Dan Henderson, Gilbert Economic Development Director. “(M.D. Anderson) is a magnet drawing supporting businesses in this segment to the area, and these are very high-paying jobs.”
The University of Texas’ M. D. Anderson Cancer Center is ranked tops among United States cancer hospitals by U.S. News & World Report—ahead of Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York; Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore; and the Mayo Clinic. The Banner Gateway branch is the first clinic M.D. Anderson opened outside of its home state.