MD Anderson Cancer Center Pickens Academic Tower

Houston, TX

Project Description

The 732,000-square-foot Pickens Academic Tower consolidates and houses administrative and faculty offices, a medical library, a conference center, fitness facility, dining facility, meeting rooms and retail functions. The mass of the 21-story building has been broken up to emphasize its verticality and the mechanical penthouse on top of the tower was designed as a lighted lantern to serve as a clearly identifiable beacon for MD Anderson within the Texas Medical Center skyline.

The base of the building includes a first-level, pedestrian-scaled arcade and a third-level sky bridge connection to other MD Anderson facilities. The third-level also serves as the campus mall, featuring the main dining area, conference and training spaces, as well as several retail components. Daylight is introduced into this space through skylights and exterior windows along the retail corridors. An exterior roof terrace on the fourth level offers additional gathering areas for faculty and staff. The top floor has been allocated to the research library, giving staff access to views of the campus and the city from that level.