Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Bldg for Personalized Cancer Care


MD Anderson Cancer Center


Size: 600,000 SF

Height: 4 towers / 10 floors each

Architect: HDR

Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Bldg for Personalized Cancer Care


Made possible by a grant of $150 million from the Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, the Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Building for Personalized Cancer Care marked the largest donation made in MD Anderson’s history and the largest single contribution from a living individual or family foundation to an institution in the Texas Medical Center or any Texas university.

Home to both the Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Institute for Personalized Cancer Therapy and the Sheikh Ahmed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Center for Pancreatic Cancer Research, this state-of-the-art facility is dedicated to advancements in genetic-analysis based research, diagnosis, and the treatment of cancer. Four separate towers, two research and two office, house administrative and research office space for MD Anderson’s elite medical staff, including the CEO and Chief Physician. All four towers sit above a contiguous 3-story podium consisting of conference, collaboration, and support space. The building was designed to accommodate a future adjacent parking garage and connecting bridges. The site design was enhanced by coordinating the separate M.D. Anderson Boulevard design to accommodate utilities and access. The circulation for service and delivery vehicles presented a special challenge due to the tight site and the need to accommodate the future garage.