The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center broke ground on a new facility known as the South Campus Research Building 5 on Sept. 20 at 1920 Old Spanish Trail, Houston, according to a news release from MD Anderson.

The details

The seven-story building costs $668 million and spans 600,000 square feet. The project is set to serve as a hub for cancer research and facilitate discoveries aimed at ending cancer, according to the release.

The research campus encourages collaboration, according to the release, with the addition of public spaces, including:
  • A restaurant
  • A conference center
  • Different lecture environments
  • Research spaces and core facilities with the latest technologies
  • Green spaces and connecting pathways
The facility is expected to be complete and open in the spring of 2026, according to the release.

Zooming out

The project will be an extension of the TMC's 37-acre Helix Park, the first phase of which is slated for completion this fall. Ground broke on Helix Park in late 2020.

The Helix Park campus will also host other facilities, such as:
  • UTHealth Houston School of Public Health
  • Life sciences venture capital firm Portal Innovations
  • Baylor College of Medicine’s new Lillie and Roy Cullen Tower
What they’re saying

“The construction of our visionary new research building marks the beginning of our next chapter in ‘making cancer history,'” said Peter Pisters, president of MD Anderson, in the news release.

“Our research campus will serve as a collaborative hub of premier cancer research around the world, gathering thousands of the top minds in the field into one block, all focused on a singular mission to end cancer,” said Philip Jones, vice president of research strategy and operations at MD Anderson, in the news release.