Mayo Clinic is planning a major expansion to its Phoenix campus that will create a single-site, integrated Cancer Center. The $130 million new facility will add three additional floors and 217,200 sq ft of clinical and office space above the first level of Mayo Clinic's Proton Beam Therapy Building on Mayo Clinic’s Phoenix campus at 56th St. and Loop 101.

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Mayo Clinic's $130-million consolidated cancer center facility will be built atop a portion of the underway $182-million Proton Beam Therapy Building, pictured here.

The Proton beam therapy building, previously announced as a $182-million project, broke ground in December 2011. That project is currently under construction by Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Hunt Construction Group, and was designed by the Minneapolis and Phoenix offices of AECOM, with engineering services supplied by Kimley-Horn & Associates, Phoenix, and HDR Engineering. Proton beam therapy is a precise form of cancer treatment that the Mayo Clinic claims gives greater control over radiation doses, using pencil-beam scanning.

Project design and programming for the new building is expected to take three years, with staged occupancy expected in 2015. The proton beam therapy facility is expected to open its first treatment rooms in 2016.

"This project firmly aligns Mayo Clinic's strategic focus in cancer care and provides patients a destination for innovative, world-class cancer treatment in the Southwest," says Wyatt W. Decker, M.D., CEO of Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

Mayo Clinic’s hematology/oncology department will be relocated to the new integrated cancer center campus from its current Scottsdale location, along with bone marrow transplant services and 32 chemotherapy infusion stations, with another 18 infusion stations planned.

The vertical expansion project will also include three outpatient operating rooms, expanded space for transplant and relocation of some clinical units from the adjacent Mayo Clinic Hospital to create 12 more inpatient hospital beds. Future plans include moving other units from the hospital to create space for 24 additional hospital beds.

Exam rooms in the new cancer building will feature a new design concept intended to accommodate the integrated team care concept for the evaluation and treatment of patients.