Huntsman Cancer Institute breaks ground on new hospital in Utah

WCN Editorial Team 6 Sep 2019 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah has broken ground on a major expansion of the Kathryn F. Kirk Center for Comprehensive Cancer Care and Women's Cancers in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The new cancer campus with 205,000ft² will include eight levels, with a floor dedicated to women's cancers, a new endoscopy centre, increased services for blood and marrow transplant patients, expansion of the HCI Wellness and Integrative Health Center and 48 new inpatient hospital rooms.

When the new facility is fully operational, the number of annual outpatient visits at HCI is expected to grow from 125,000 to 180,000.

Located at the north end of the cancer campus, the new building will connect to the cancer hospital. The utility work had already started on the project. Construction on the project is expected to begin next January and is anticipated to be completed in August 2022.

Architectural Nexus designed the previous four phases of the HCI cancer campus and created the plans for the fifth phase. Layton Construction will construct the building.

Projected to cost $148m (£120m), the expansion is part of the vision of HCI founders, Jon M. and Karen Huntsman. Jon Huntsman, who passed away last year, established Huntsman Cancer Foundation (HCF) in 1995 as a public charitable foundation with a singular mission to support HCI and its fight to eradicate cancer.

Till now, more than 40 donors are claimed to have committed a total of $104m (£84m) to the project. Lead donors Spencer and Kristen Kirk named the building in honour of Spencer Kirk's mother. The Huntsman family donated $30m (£24m) to the project through the Huntsman Foundation.

HCF chairman and CEO Peter Huntsman said: “My father lost his mother to breast cancer and this generation of his family are proud to be able to continue his commitment.

“Our family, together with a hugely supportive donor base and wonderful care providers, will not only build an exceptional center that will focus on women's cancer treatment, research, and education, but will also support, long into the future, the finest researchers, care providers, and support staff in the world.”

In addition, other major donors included Karen and Scott Smith, The Sigma Chi International Fraternity, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and dōTERRA International. The state of Utah approved a revenue bond to finance the remaining portion for the project.

Utah governor Gary Herbert said: “HCI is the official cancer center of Utah. There are 100 beds here right now and, unfortunately, they're almost always full.

“That speaks to the growing need of the citizens of Utah and the Mountain West to have a place for the world-class cancer care HCI has always provided.”

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Image: Rendering of the new cancer campus at HCI. Photo: Courtesy of Huntsman Cancer Institute.

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