MDACC Alkek Patient Care Tower Vertical Expansion


MD Anderson Cancer Center


Construction Cost
$222 million

Completion Date
September 2012

Project Size
12-level, 471,000 SF expansion
384 beds

MDACC Alkek Patient Care Tower Vertical Expansion


Devoted exclusively to cancer patient care, research, education, and prevention, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is the largest freestanding cancer center in the world and has served more than 800,000 patients in its 70-year history.
The vertical expansion of the Alkek Tower was critical in allowing them to serve their patients, both in terms of the number of patients and the quality of the care environment, which is a contributing factor to patient wellness.

The original 12-story tower opened in 1999 in the Texas Medical Center and was designed to accommodate a future vertical expansion of 10 floors. Walter P Moore was the structural engineer for both the original building, which holds 261 inpatient and ICU beds, and the 12-floor expansion.

In response to owner concerns about construction noise and vibration, we worked closely with a consultant to monitor and mitigate the impact of the construction on patients and sensitive equipment in the building. This study determined that the noise and vibration would be within acceptable limits with only minor accommodations within the building. Despite this major project occurring atop an existing facility, all lower floors stayed in operation during the new construction.