The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Alkek Hospital expansion has won the 2014 Vista Award for New Construction, promoted by the American Society of Healthcare Engineering (ASHE). The building was constructed by the design-build team of McCarthy Building Companies and HKS to meet the current and future needs of both physicians and patients.
“The Alkek Tower houses an exceptionally innovative and energy-efficient healthcare facility consistent with the standards of high-quality craftsmanship McCarthy is known for. We’re thrilled to have the outstanding work produced by our team honored on such a competitive national platform,” said McCarthy Houston Division President Jim Stevenson.
The $240 million expansion project created a distinctive and dynamic addition to the Houston skyline with 500,00 square feet of new space. The hospital includes five inpatient floors, facility support space, a pharmacy, an observation deck, and three shell floors with space for future patient rooms. Building on top of an operational 12-story hospital, with a 12-story vertical expansion, posed many obstacles, but McCarthy and HKS had managed to complete the project on time and on budget.
“The client asked us to think outside the box when considering design solutions that would maximize the efficiency of this expansion project. This was accomplished by using creative structural cantilevers and making the exterior skin lighter, thus providing additional square footage for more patient rooms per floor and adding two floors to the original design”, said Norman Morgan, AIA, principal with HKS
The ASHE has been presenting Vista Awards since 1993. It “recognizes excellence and teamwork throughout the process of creating optimal healthcare facilities in this country, and our team is both honored and proud to have been a part of this award-winning project,” said Jim Stevenson.
The collaboration between MD Anderson and the design-build team allowed McCarthy and HKS to arrive at the most cost effective solution for the project’s objectives.