Commercial Real Estate Development Association Names Moffitt Cancer Center Best Of The Best

December 11, 2009

Tampa, FL– Moffitt Cancer Center has been honored as “Best of the Best” by the Tampa chapter of NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association. This is the first time Moffitt is receiving a double accolade in building construction.

NAIOP is recognizing Moffitt for developing the South expansion project on the south side of the center and the M2Gen expansion project on North Malcolm McKinley Drive.

The South expansion project won the Outstanding Medical Building award for its major health care contributions to the community. Dean Head, vice president of Facilities Management & Construction, led the team of Skanska USA Building and Gresham Smith and Partners.

The South expansion includes 36 specially designed bone marrow transplant beds and is designed around Moffitt’s first implementation of a decentralized nursing station concept that is broken up into four areas to reduce noise. In addition, the expansion provides 40,000 square feet of physician and faculty offices, an expansion to the clinical lab and an expansion of the existing Radiation Oncology clinic to include two state-of-the-art linear accelerators. The team constructed a 360,000-square-foot, six-level parking garage to accommodate the growing needs of patients.

During construction, Skanska, who has expertise in health care and medical research construction, created a “safety first” program to reinforce the value of safety. The group initiated a daily exercise program to prepare workers for construction. Skin cancer screenings and first aid training were also offered.

The M2Gen project won the Outstanding Special Use Building award for the growing interest in the biomedical field and for the uniqueness of the building. The project team was lead by Head and a collaborated group from Skanska and Reynolds Smith and Hills.

M2Gen, a research center partnership between Moffitt and drug maker Merck & Co., is a wholly owned for-profit subsidiary of Moffitt. The M2Gen project includes a four-story, 96,000-square-foot biotech building. This facility will serve as the home of both administrative and technical functions of M2Gen.

About Moffitt Cancer Center

Located in Tampa, Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center  is an NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center - a designation that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt currently has 15 affiliates in Florida, one in Georgia and two in Puerto Rico. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country’s leading cancer centers, and is listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cancer. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.