The final beams in the framework of the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center are now in place. A “topping off” ceremony was held Tuesday afternoon on the new 10 story, $323-million facility. Dr. Nicholas Woods says it will be a huge benefit to conduct research in the same facility where cancer care is provided.
Dr. Woods says, “It’s really going to promote the bench-to-bedside paradigm where we can take the lessons we learned in the research labs and take those directly to the patients for clinical trials.”
Nine beams were raised during the ceremony that toured the state over the past six months. People signed the beams at the Cattlemen’s Ball, the Ambassador of Hope Gala and at the Nebraska Science Festival.
Officials estimate the new center will provide 1,200 jobs and bring more than 4,600 new jobs to the metro area with an economic impact of $537-million.
The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center should be complete in the spring of 2017. `
The project is being funded through a combination of public and private funds. The Nebraska Legislature pledged $50 million for the research tower based on the University of Nebraska Foundation raising a similar amount. In addition, the City of Omaha pledged $35 million for the cancer center over five years, and Douglas County pledged $5 million over five years