Mid-Campus Building 1 (1MC)

, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Houston, TX


The largest administrative office facility in The University of Texas System, the Class A building comprises one 25-story tower, one 18-story tower, and one 3-story meeting center. The fast-track project collocates 78 departments that had previously been housed at various lease sites in and around the Texas Medical Center. The bold geometry of 1MC reflects MD Anderson's ambitious mission and makes a strong statement as the gateway to the Mid-Campus.

Building Facts

  • 1.414M GSF
  • 1M GSF garage
MD Anderson facade

Design/Build with BIM

When State of Texas requirements for design-build projects precluded an IPD tri-party contract, we collaborated with the contractor to adjust the contract and equitably share risk. Traditional elements of design and construction responsibility were adjusted to meet the client’s ambitious schedule.

For its part, MD Anderson streamlined its decision-making process to facilitate the fast-track project, quickly establishing design standards and minimum requirements. They also authorized early procurement of precast and structural elements; and allowed certain trades to be engaged in a design-assist role to expedite construction of the pre-cast exterior skin, curtain wall, and mechanical duct work.

To meet the client's critical goals for a 1.4M GSF office building collocating 78 departments previously dispersed throughout the Texas Medical Center campus, we used BIM to:

  • Track and modify 4,000+ spaces during design, documentation, construction, and occupancy
  • Track 27 fields of data associated with each room, including department, division, and lease expiration
  • Enable continuous area-efficiency monitoring throughout the design process
  • Develop a database of spaces/fields tracked in BIM to facilitate building management

We developed a 3D room-by-room space program by creating virtual, color-coded “jelly cubes” representing various space types. Each cube contained unlimited data fields for each unique line item in the space program (finishes, number of electrical outlets, door hardware, furniture layout and equipment and shelving needs, etc.). Once the program has been inserted into the color-coded BIM cubes, they could be arranged on a stacking/zoning diagram, master plan, or floor plan.

After project close-out, we exported the as-built space program for MD Anderson to use in occupancy planning, future capital planning, renovations, and reassignments, and to monitor utilization, efficiency, or apply for federal research grants.