KBR Building Group Finishes Cancer Center at Alamance Regional Ahead of Schedule
January 31, 2014

KBR Building Group’s team at Alamance Regional Medical Center in Burlington, N.C., reached another pivotal milestone last month. After 198,000 man-hours without a lost-time incident, the new Cancer Center received final approval from the N.C. Division of Health Service Regulation (DHSR) on December 11, 2013 — three weeks ahead of scheduled contract completion.  The 53,000-square-foot addition doubles the size of the hospital’s existing cancer treatment center and includes 26 infusion bays, 25 exam rooms, extensive support areas and a CT simulator. 

“The Alamance Cancer Center team is to be congratulated for their impressive achievements and commitment to our client,” said Monnie Wood, project executive. “We began construction last January, starting with basement excavation and earth retention immediately adjacent to the existing linear accelerators. The steel structure, masonry, cast stone, and curtain-wall systems work was completed ahead of schedule even though the project experienced extensive rainfall during the winter months and again in the summer.  The challenge of working near active linear accelerators required the team to schedule structural and exterior façade activities around the hospital’s treatment schedule.  One sensitive renovation area resulted in 84 hours of continuous work — and required close coordination with local agencies to perform weekend inspections — in order to meet the schedule.”

The Cancer Center’s entrance lobby is accented by a monumental stair with glass and stainless steel handrails, and terrazzo flooring with an eagle feather inlay.  The focal point is a rotating sculpture with two eagles circling their nest complementing the hospital’s theme “Wings to Recovery.”

The hospital’s central energy plant received attention as well.  We added a new 500-ton chiller and cooling tower and made electrical modifications to provide utilities for the Cancer Center addition.  Extensive site work was required to provide project access, routing for utilities, and prepare for construction of a healing garden adjacent to registered wetlands.