NCI completes first phase of facility construction

The National Cancer Institute's 330,000-square-foot Advanced Technology Research Facility in Frederick, MD, hit a milestone last week with a tilt-up party: A 630,000-pound crane tilted the final concrete panels into place, marking the completion of the first phase of construction.

The facility, to be used in the development of highly targeted treatments for cancer, is scheduled to be completed in 2012. It will consolidate and expand the efforts currently underway at more than 30 NCI facilities.

Tilt-up construction is said to provide quicker and lower-cost construction than traditional masonry techniques. The building's walls are poured at the jobsite in large slabs of concrete. These panels are then raised into position around the building's perimeter, forming the exterior walls.

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