Press Release: 09.10.2018

OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Research Building Completes

Entryway of new OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Research Building

The construction joint venture team of McCarthy and Andersen Construction (McCarthy/Andersen), along with SRG Partnership, Inc. and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), is pleased to announce the receipt of occupancy of the new OHSU Knight Cancer Research Building. Construction workers, designers, engineers, employees, physicians, community members and donors recently gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony in front of the $190 million research and development conference center facility to commemorate the occasion.

“The complexity of cancer research requires integrated, multi-disciplinary teams, and this building is focused on creating the most highly collaborative research environment possible,” said Principal Tim Evans at SRG Partnership. “The design promotes collaborative work and social interaction, which are similar activities, but the distinction is important.”

Exterior of new OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Research Building

The 320,000-square-foot Knight Cancer Research Building brings science and data analysis to each floor to maximize interaction and the potential of deeper innovation and idea sharing. To support this new approach to research and science, the architecturally innovative, riverfront project features open air-balconies, communicating stairs, a rooftop terrace and a central “collaboration kitchen.” The reduction of floor plates to four, instead of the six initially planned, maximizes the number of scientists per floor. The focus on “team science” continues in the building configuration, emphasizing connectivity and transparency via extensive interior glazing, and a variety of collective work and amenity spaces. A sawtooth configuration of the south exterior wall parallels the “collabridor,” a perimeter circulation path connecting the labs and providing opportunities to view the river.

To maintain alignment and emphasize the “project first” approach, the design and construction teams, including sub-contractors and other individuals, enjoyed a thorough on-boarding process. That process sought to provide each member of the team a voice to contribute ideas and solutions to the final end product, in addition to outlining general communication courtesies that accompany a multi-disciplinary team effort. A colocation strategy was used and served as a vehicle for the sharing of ideas and to acknowledge project and individual successes during the course of construction.

“Permeating beyond the building’s design, ‘team approach’ elements from the construction and design teams can be felt throughout the building,” said Richard Brecke, senior project manager with the McCarthy/Andersen JV. “From the design and construction of the visible and significant sixth floor concrete transfer girder, a true engineering marvel, to the jewel box north atrium area, which will be a major factor in the future phase 2 building, this project serves as a beacon of how success can be fostered through teamwork and partnership.”

Throughout the project lifecycle, the design and construction teams employed a “project first” approach. The focus involved innovation and collaboration from all parties to overcome technical challenges encountered, which included the design and construction of a lighter, two-level steel structure atop the seven levels of concrete-frame of the main lab. Challenged to address the unique weight and structural concerns, the structural team was granted considerable latitude to identify optimal, value-driven solutions to serve and elevate the overall project. Additional structural innovations involved a major transfer girder at the seventh-floor deck to carry an inverted column required to remove obstructions in the main floor conference auditorium

The trust, dedication and transparency of everyone involved has taken the Integrated Project Delivery model to new heights, while also allowing the Knight Cancer Research Building to change the way research and science is conducted” said Brian Price, a project executive with McCarthy Andersen JV. “We’re honored to deliver a state-of-the-art facility that will serve as a vital component to ending cancer.”

About McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients. With an unrelenting focus on safety and a comprehensive quality program that spans all phases of every project, McCarthy utilizes industry-leading design phase and construction techniques combined with advanced technology to maximize outcomes. Repeatedly honored as a Best Place to Work and Healthiest Employer, McCarthy is ranked the 14th largest domestic general builder (Engineering News-Record, May 2018).  With approximately 3,700 salaried employees and craft professionals, the firm has offices in St. Louis; Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Portage, Ind.; Kansas City, Kan.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Denver; Dallas, Houston; Albuquerque; San Diego, Newport Beach, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, Calif. McCarthy is 100 percent employee-owned. More information about the company is available online at or by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Google+.

About Andersen Construction

Andersen Construction, founded in 1950 by Andy Andersen, is Oregon’s largest family-owned Construction Manager / General Contractor. With a staff of over 700 employees, Andersen is led by CEO David Andersen and President Joel Andersen. With Portland serving as the company headquarters, Andersen also has offices in Eugene, OR, Seattle, WA, and Boise, ID. With a goal to earn each client’s designation as their “Builder of Choice,” Andersen excels in technically challenging projects, utilizing the latest technology and management trends in construction. This includes highly collaborative management approaches such as Integrated Project Delivery, Design-Build and CM/GC services. Andersen’s diverse portfolio includes healthcare, research, multi-family housing, educational, commercial offices, industrial, mission-critical, retail, parking, institutional, places of worship and entertainment facilities. More information about Andersen is available on their website or by following the company on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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