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by Art Benavidez
Houston (Harris County) — The UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center will be expanding after Regents at The University of Texas (UT) recently approved a request from a facilities subcommittee to start defining the scope of a $2.9 billion project to build two ambulatory clinical buildings at the center.
The center is proposing to construct Ambulatory Clinical Buildings 2 and 3 on the institution’s Texas Medical Center campus.
The project includes two separate buildings with integrated parking garage that will joined at the podium level to form one contiguous ambulatory treatment facility that is close to and interconnected with the existing Lowry and Peggy Mays Clinic and the Dan L. Duncan Building.
In total, the new treatment facility is anticipated to consist of approximately 3.3 million gross square feet (GSF). Building 2 will consist of 950,000 GSF of clinical and departmental program space located on 17 floors above grade and 550,000 GSF of parking located on three floors below grade as well as a central parking structure.
There will be 1,500 parking spaces added on five levels. Building 3 will consist of 1.5 million GSF of clinical and departmental program space located on 19 floors above grade and 300,000 GSF of below-grade parking adding another 785 parking spaces.
The project is expected to include the construction of two seven-story connectors that will complete a circulation route between the two new buildings, the Mays Clinic and the Duncan Building, forming a complete quadrangle around the central parking structure.
The top of the parking structure will align with the existing exterior plaza decks of the Mays Clinic and the Duncan Building to form a raised exterior garden.
UT expects to proceed with requested inclusion in the Capital Improvement Program in August 2023, design development approval in May 2024, construction start in November 2024, and substantial completion in December 2027.
Contractors have not been selected for architectural, engineering, or construction services.
The health center is located at 1515 Holcombe Blvd. near NRG Stadium.
VBX Project ID: 2022-3639