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UCSD Cancer Center nearing early 2005 completion

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McCarthy Building Cos. Inc. has construction 90 percent complete for the Rebecca and John Moores UCSD Cancer Center, an approximately $104 million, 270,000-square-foot clinic/administration building and laboratory/research facility on the University of California, San Diego campus in La Jolla.

UCSD is the project owner and developer, with the university's facilities design and construction division serving as owner representative.

Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership of Los Angeles is the project architect. Construction is slated for completion in early 2005. The five-level Moores UCSD Cancer Center features 130,000 square feet of research laboratories; 50,000 square feet of clinic exam rooms; 60,000 square feet of offices and support space; a 2,500-square-foot radiology department with a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) unit, two linear accelerators, CT Scanner and brachy therapy; a 3,500-square-foot, 110-seat auditorium; and a 16,000-square-foot vivarium.

The building's exterior integrates six different finishes, including iridescent, acid-etched, stainless steel shingles; plaster; metal panels; pre-cast concrete; stone; and curtain wall.

The center's clinic/administration building and laboratory/research facility are joined by a three-story entry lobby featuring stone walls, full-height windows, intricate wood shingle ceiling systems, and a dramatic staircase. An outdoor courtyard with a bamboo garden, boulder-anchored stream bed and seating area serves as the focal point of the lobby. Construction costs alone are estimated at $82 million.

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