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MD Anderson Cancer Center Breaks Ground on Houston Research Facility

Published 10/4/2023
MD Anderson Cancer - South Campus Research Building 5

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center broke ground in late September of 2023 on the $668 million South Campus Research Building 5 in Houston. Designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects to catalyze biomedical discovery and innovation, the 600,000-sf structure will anchor the institutions's R&D campus at the Texas Medical Center's Helix Park. Housing the James P. Allison Institute, the sustainable development will provide flexible wet labs, core facilities, support spaces, offices, a conference center, a range of lecture venues, and a restaurant. 

Collaboration is woven into all areas of the building, with places for scheduled discussions and unplanned exchanges throughout. A sophisticated glazed façade will enhance occupant wellbeing with optimal access to natural light and views, complemented by a landscaped park and numerous pedestrian pathways. The seven-story project will include an additional two-level mechanical penthouse to accommodate the robust infrastructure needed to support next-generation research programs. Vaughn Construction is the general contractor for the facility with completion expected in spring of 2026.

Organization Project Role
Elkus Manfredi Architects
Vaughn Construction
General Contractor