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MD Anderson Zayed Building for Personalized Cancer Care

A bold building design aligns with Interdisciplinary structure of hospital programs

Project Facts

Location Houston, Texas
Owner MD Anderson Cancer Center
Size 600,000 SF
Status Completed 2016


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. The design of each of the four segments of the building allows for occupancy to ebb and flow over time. For example, laboratory spaces could be switched to offices and still offer natural light and views. All support systems and modular and allow for adaptability and reconfiguration.

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About the project

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. 

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2016 AGC Houston Awards for Project Excellence (Apex)

2016 R&D Magazine Lab of the Year Award