MD Anderson Cancer Center
Healthcare — Houston, TX

MD Anderson Cancer Center Alkek Expansion

The McCarthy healthcare construction project included a 500,000-square-foot, design-build vertical and horizontal expansion and renovation composed of a 12-story addition above and 24-story elevator tower next to the existing and continually operating 12-story hospital. The expansion includes 240 new inpatient rooms, pharmacy, facility support space, observation deck, three shell floors with room for 144 future patient rooms, as well as the renovation of existing spaces and upgrade of existing structure and infrastructure to support the expansion.

Building on top of an operational 12-story hospital posed a variety of challenges. McCarthy, in close collaboration with design-build architect HKS and other key team members, successfully completed this project on time and on budget, taking the client’s expectations to new heights, literally. More than doubling the hospital in height, McCarthy’s solution-oriented approach enabled the team to find a way to add two additional floors to the expansion project, taking the expectation from 10 expansion floors to 12. Glass fiber reinforced concrete was used for the building skin, enabling the foundation to support the weight of additional floors while staying within the existing budget. The result is a world-class hospital facility with a hospitality environment, helping make the patient journey as comforting as possible.


  • HKS Architects, Inc.


Preston Hodges

Preston Hodges

3800 Buffalo Speedway
Suite 250
Houston, TX 77098

Awards and Recognition

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2014 Vista Award

New Building Construction
MD Anderson Cancer Center

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2012 Texas Engineering Excellence

Gold Medal Winner
MD Anderson Cancer Center
American Council of Engineering Companies

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2011 Overall Best Project

Texas & Louisana Region
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Engineering News-Record

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2011 AON Build America Award

Best Design-Build Renovation
MD Anderson Cancer Center
AGC of America

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2011 Outstanding Construction Award

MD Anderson Cancer Center
AGC of Texas

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2011 Distinguished Building Award

MD Anderson Cancer Center

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2010 Melvin McCarthy Award

Excellence in Quality Management
MD Anderson Cancer Center
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.