Moffitt Breaks Ground on New Hospital

By Amanda Sangster - June 16, 2020

Moffitt Cancer Center broke ground today on a new $400 million inpatient surgical hospital on its McKinley campus. The 34-year-old hospital on the Magnolia campus has outgrown its space and soon won’t be able to meet the demand to treat more cancer patients. Over the next 10 years, Moffitt anticipates a 65% increase in patient volumes and a 33% increase in cancer surgeries. As Moffitt serves more patients locally and internationally, the need for space is more important than ever.

“Florida has the second highest cancer burden in America. Moffitt must continue to be a resource for our patients by building for the future,” said Timothy J. Adams, chair of Moffitt’s Institute Board of Directors.

The new hospital will be a 10-story, 498,000-square-foot facility located on 20 acres across from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Outpatient Center. Starting with 128 inpatient beds, it will have the capacity to expand to 400 down the road. The new facility will feature 19 operating rooms, 72 perioperative rooms, three MRI scanners, three CT scanners and two nuclear cameras.
“This new facility will expand our capacity for inpatient hospital care and will modernize our ability to treat and cure,” said Jack Kolosky, executive vice president and chief operating officer. “This hospital will increase the power and speed with which Moffitt can translate our discoveries to the benefit of all people. It will blend the most advanced medical and surgical technologies with a patient-centered approach that brings us closer to achieving our vision — to transform cancer care through service, science and partnership.”

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"This hospital will increase the power and speed with which Moffitt can translate our discoveries to the benefit of all people."

- Jack Kolosky, Chief Operating Officer, Moffitt Cancer Center

Moffitt’s Patient & Family Advisory Council has played a fundamental role in all stages of Moffitt’s expansion. The council consists of patients that have advised Moffitt’s leadership and partners on how to best fulfill patient and family needs. From wayfinding signage to the design of patient rooms, this council has been influential in improving the patient experience.

Moffitt’s new hospital will also energize the local economy with $298 million in construction value. Focusing on hiring minority, women, veteran and service-disabled veteran-owned business enterprises, Moffitt is striving for a supplier diversity goal of 15% with this project.

In salaries, this expansion project will create upwards of $120 million for workers on the construction site. The project will involve about 5,500 workers, with approximately 550 per day at the construction’s peak time.

The new site will also include a central utility plant of approximately 26,000 square feet that will house equipment with the ability to cool the building, provide hot water and steam, and provide emergency power. A three-story parking garage with 489 spaces is included in the plans along with a connecting bridge over McKinley Drive that will link the new structure with the outpatient center.

Moffitt is committed to sustainability. The demolition of the 318,000-square-foot office building on the McKinley construction site resulted in 86% of building materials being diverted from the landfill. Over 47 million pounds of building materials will be reused in future building or commercial products.

The construction of deep foundations will begin in early August. The completion of the hospital is planned for May 2023 with doors to open in July 2023.

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