One of the biggest names in cancer care is getting even bigger. The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), which has become a large network of centers, both in and outside of New York City, is constructing the David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care on the East Side. Located along the FDR Drive between East 73rd Street and East 74th Street, it will not only care for patients, but also have a research element. Thanks to photos from our friend Tectonic, we can see that a fair amount of below-ground work has been accomplished.
According to the MSKCC website, 60 percent, or 750,000 gross square feet, of the project (the portion along the FDR Drive) will “care for patients with many types of cancer, including hematologic cancers, head and neck cancers, and thoracic cancer.”
Goals include “creatively rethinking the process for developing new therapies, both in the laboratory and in the setting of clinical trials,” “developing new treatment paradigms that will lessen the need for patients to be hospitalized for extended periods of time,” and “evaluating how design and technology can improve the experience for patients, families, and caregivers.”
The western 40 percent of the project, or 403,000 gross square feet, will house the City University of New York (CUNY)/Hunter College School of Nursing, with “science research labs” and a “physical therapy program.” The entire project will “serve as a model for 21st-century cancer care.”
Hunter says its “ability to remain competitive is jeopardized by the severe inadequacy of the North Building on 68th Street, which currently houses Hunter’s science programs and is one of the oldest structures in the CUNY system.”
The project is being designed by Perkins Eastman and Ennead Architects.
Permits list the MSKCC portion as being at 531 East 73rd Street/530 East 74th Street and show a 779,832-square-foot building that will rise 416 feet and have 22 stories.
As for the CUNY portion, permits list it at 524 East 74th Street and show a much smaller 261,703-square-foot building, rising 315 feet for 16 stories.
The construction schedule is as follows. Excavation and foundation work will wrap up this year. Structural work will begin this year and wrap up in 2017. Interior work will be done from 2017 to 2018. Occupancy is slated for 2019.