Youre not alone. There are people out there who are able to help. Millions of people each year are affected by cancer. And although we have come a long way through years of research, we are still searching for answers. But there are places designed specifically for helping those affected by the disease. And there are doctors dedicated to providing the best care possible to those afflicted.
Dramatically rising to meet current and future challenges faced by cancer patients, the original University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center ascended 12 stories with integrated infrastructure to rise again. This visionary foresight enabled the HKS team to return two decades later to design a 12-story sequel. The $240 million Alkek expansion on top of the existing tower created 500,000 square feet of new space and nearly 50,000 square feet of renovated space. Working within an active hospital campus occupied by patients with compromised immune systems presented a myriad of challenges. Focused on safety and health, the team mitigated the impact of demolition, noise, obstruction/barriers, infection control, unforeseen weather conditions, scheduling changes, shutdowns, vibration and disruptions to hospital staff, patients and visitors. Ultimately, the Alkek expansion enabled MD Anderson to achieve a seamless evolution from 20th to 21st century inpatient and clinical cancer care and research.