Construction Update: Memorial Sloan Kettering’s David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care, Upper East Side

Construction at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center's David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care. Photo by Tectonic.Construction at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center's David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care. Photo by Tectonic.

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.

Map of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center's David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care. Via MSKCC.

Map of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care. Via MSKCC.

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.”

Construction at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center's David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care. Photo by Tectonic.

Construction at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care. Photo by Tectonic.

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.”

Construction at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center's David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care. Photo by Tectonic.

Construction at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care. Photo by Tectonic.

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.”

Construction at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center's David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care. Photo by Tectonic.

Construction at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care. Photo by Tectonic.

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.”

Construction at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center's David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care. Photo by Tectonic.

Construction at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care. Photo by Tectonic.

The project is being designed by Perkins Eastman and Ennead Architects.

Rendering of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care, as seen from the FDR Drive. Via MSKCC.

Rendering of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care, as seen from the FDR Drive. Via MSKCC.

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.

Construction at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center's David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care. Photo by Tectonic.

Construction at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care. Photo by Tectonic.

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.

Rendering of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care, as seen from Roosevelt Island. Via MSKCC.

Rendering of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care, as seen from Roosevelt Island. Via MSKCC.

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2 Comments on "Construction Update: Memorial Sloan Kettering’s David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care, Upper East Side"

  1. Andrew Porter | January 11, 2016 at 9:49 pm |

    The building will be heated by coal-fired boilers, in tribute to the Koch Brothers, who never met a Climate-Change denier they didn’t like. (Disclaimer: MSKCC cured my cancer in 2007, enabling this comment to be posted.)

  2. I’m a former employee of Koch Industries at Invista in Camden, SC. I was diagnosed with stage 4 head and neck cancer and came to Memorial Sloan Kettering for treatment where I learned of David Koch’s affiliation and generous gift. It made me so proud to be a part of an organization who’s leadership supported the cancer community. Unfortunately my employment with Koch Industries was terminated during treatment, but I was able to continue successfully with MSK to a cancer free life.

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