KANSAS CITY, KS-The University of Kansas Hospital has opened its new $25-million cancer center here, built over the former Sprint headquarters site at 2330 Shawnee Mission Parkway. The healthcare system bought the former 250,000-sf building, listed at $22 million, in May 2005. Sprint left the building when it moved into its $600 million, multi-building campus in Overland Park at the turn of the century.

Architects RTKL Associates Inc. gutted the 50-year-old facility to the shell and core, and built a three-story, 138,000-sf medical office building with many new amenities. The new treatment rooms have massive windows, translucent dividers in patient rooms to let in light and flat-screen televisions.

The facility is designed to serve patients from early cancer detection through survivorship, “in one structure, making it as convenient and comfortable as possible for patients and their families,” says Donald DeBord Jr., a VP with RTKL. “That, in itself, reduces the stress factor during a very difficult time.” The university is seeking National Cancer Institute designation for the new facility.

The hospital and university had looked at the property, but the university decided it didn’t need the site. The hospital said growth during the past nine years created significant needs for office and clinical space. The hospital was able to consolidate staff from three separate buildings. “This [move] gives us the flexibility to more easily adjust to our growth and better accommodate our patients,” says Irene Cumming, president and chief executive officer of the hospital, in a statement.

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