Press Release: 12.11.2018

OHSU Knight Cancer Research Building Takes Home “Reader’s Choice” Award

OHSU Knight Cancer Research Building Exterior View

The construction joint venture team of McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. and Andersen Construction (McCarthy/Andersen), along with SRG Partnership and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), is pleased to announce the Knight Cancer Research Building (KCRB) as an honoree of the Portland Business Journal’s annual CRE Transformer Awards, and the winner of the “Reader’s Choice” category.

“The Knight Cancer Research Building is transformative in so many ways — transforming the design and construction community in the way it was delivered, transforming the way scientists use space and, we hope, transforming the way cancer will be eliminated,” said Tiffany Howard, OHSU’s Program Director of Research Strategy and Operations. “Being recognized with the ‘Reader’s Choice’ award reinforces our belief that Portland, and the broader community, value and appreciate the life-changing research taking place within this facility.”

The 320,000-square-foot facility houses cancer researchers and administrators in space dedicated to myriad research programs focused on early cancer detection, computational biology and immuno-oncology, among others. Pioneering new concepts in research and science, KCRB was conceived as a leading-edge laboratory facility that promotes “team science” by encouraging collaborative work and social interaction. The architecturally innovative research building features open air-balconies, communicating stairs, a rooftop terrace, a central “collaboration kitchen” and a perimeter circulation path connecting the labs called the “collabridor.”

OHSU Knight Cancer Research Building Interior Stairway

“On all projects, we strive to instill the mantra that collaboration and teamwork are critical elements, and our customized integrated project delivery model captured these elements impeccably,” said Stefanie Becker, Director of Integrated Design with McCarthy/Andersen.

“More than 700 people were involved in KCRB’s creation, and the final end-product is a remarkable facility that is pioneering a new way of conducting research,” added Richard Brecke, LEED AP, a project director with McCarthy/Andersen. “We’re hopeful that by carrying these concepts forward, KCRB will one day be able to ultimately end cancer completely.”

Mirroring the collaborative concepts taking place within the facility, the project team employed a similar mindset during the construction process. Armed with a “project-first” philosophy and a concerted design and construction process, the team cultivated an environment based on partnership, innovation and trust. The alignment between parties, coupled with an on-site co-location facility and tools such as virtual reality and lean construction methodology, allowed the team to overcome challenges and deliver an innovative facility that will serve the surrounding community and beyond for years to come.

“The KCRB project has been a true lesson on the importance of value,” said Brian Price, a project executive with McCarthy/Andersen. “Working in a trusting and collaborative environment allowed us to focus our collective energy on the Knight Cancer Institute’s guiding principles. It’s incredibly rewarding to be a part of a team that built a foundation for the Knight Cancer Institute to transform the lives of everyone affected by cancer.”

For more than a decade, the Portland Business Journal’s CRE Transformer Awards has honored top-notch real estate projects that not only transform the surrounding community in which they’re built, but also carry the history and ethos of Portland forward. In its’ second year as part of the program, the “Reader’s Choice” category celebrates one project that is believed to have the most transformational impact and, in some way, speaks to the future of the city. More than 1,300 readers participated in this year’s online poll and collectively deemed OHSU’s Knight Cancer Research Building as this year’s recipient of the coveted honor. The awards were presented at the Sentinel Hotel in Portland on Nov. 29.

About McCarthy

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 span all phases of every project, McCarthy utilizes industry-leading design phase and construction techniques combined with value-add technology to maximize outcomes. Repeatedly honored as a Best Place to Work and Healthiest Employer, McCarthy is ranked the 14th largest domestic general contractor (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.; Omaha, Neb.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Denver; Dallas, Houston; Albuquerque; and 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+.


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