Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center project site

Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center project site

In May 2013, the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center broke ground, fusing the mission of cancer research and patient care while taking one big leap towards the goal of bringing services under one roof.

Since that time, architectural, engineering and contractor teams have worked tirelessly to design the new facility with direction from research and clinical subject matter experts and a patient advisory committee. What makes the project special to the medical center campus is the unbridled collaborative effort it took to get to this point. The facility has been specifically designed to meet the needs of our clinicians, researchers, staff and most importantly, the unique patient population we serve.

Following receipt of subcontractors’ bids at the end of March, a summary of the pricing was prepared for review and approval by ownership. During this process, it was confirmed the project is on budget, not to exceed $323 million and on schedule with building occupancy expected early 2017. With the budget and financing approved, the project is ready to move full steam ahead.

The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center will include three areas dedicated to cancer: a 10-story, 98-laboratory research tower named the Suzanne and Walter Scott Cancer Research Tower; a 108-bed inpatient treatment center named the C.L. Werner Cancer Hospital; and a multidisciplinary outpatient center.

“This is a big day for our organizations,” says Jeffrey P. Gold, MD, UNMC chancellor and advisory board chairman. “It is important to recognize the significance of this project for the campus, community and region. The entirety of the cancer center project will take us to the next level in terms of both research and patient care.”