Building Advanced Cancer Treatment

by Gail Kinner

Every day in the United States approximately 4,620 people are diagnosed with cancer – that’s over 140,000 people a month. Immunotherapy treatment at  Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) offers hope.

This advancement in cancer treatment, developed with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, provides a broad range of therapies to thousands of critical cancer patients. Immunotherapy treatment is designed to build up the human immune system to fight cancer and other diseases. This lifesaving discovery can ultimately change lives forever.

For patients seeking this potentially life-saving cancer treatment, a clinic on the SCCA campus needs to be built – and built fast. Lease Crutcher Lewis, ZGF, AEI, and University Mechanical Contractors (UMC) kicked off the project in early May. The SCCA Immunotherapy Clinic project is a new space within the SCCA building with 15 new treatment rooms, prep lab,  and office space. Demolition is currently underway, and rough-in for all overhead work is scheduled to start in June 2016. UMC expects to turn the space over to SCCA no later than September 2016. To save additional time on the project, UMC is working with Lease Crutcher Lewis and coordinating with framing and electrical subcontractors to prefabricate interior walls while demo and other site prep activities are occurring. This will minimize installation time in the field and reduce the overall schedule. The sooner SCCA can move into the new space, the sooner they can offer more support to those living with cancer, so every day counts.

The new SCCA Immunotherapy Clinic will dramatically improve the current and future health of cancer patients, and UMC is proud to be a member of the team working on this significant project. Together the project team will build the optimal environment to deliver this breakthrough cancer treatment to millions of people.

Sources
Cancer Statistics Center, American Cancer Society, https://cancerstatisticscenter.cancer.org
Immunotherapy Treatment at SCCA, Seattle Cancer Alliance, http://www.seattlecca.org
Immunotherapy, Fred Hutch, http://www.fredhutch.org

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