Four years after completing the Levine Cancer Institute (LCI) at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, Rodgers Builders, Inc. joined officials with Carolinas HealthCare System, the Leon Levine Foundation, and the Levine family to break ground on a second building expanding the innovative cancer center program, the contractor has reported on its website.
The new $150 million seven-story, 260,000-sq. ft. building will be adjacent to the existing building and will connect via an above-ground walkway.
The Dec. 1 groundbreaking ceremony was punctuated by stories told by cancer survivors, sharing the personal impact of the local and world-class cancer care provided by LCI.
“Hardly a day goes by that I don’t hear from a grateful survivor how LCI has changed their life for the better,” said Leon Levine. (The Levine Family Foundation has contributed $25 million for the project.) “Our focus is on patients, families and caregivers,” said LCI president Derek Raghavan.
The new facility will more than double the size of the current cancer center and will enhance research and innovative treatment programs, palliative care, rehabilitation, and survivorship support. The second phase of construction also includes renovations to 32,000 sq. ft. within the existing facility.
Carolinas HealthCare Foundation president Scott Kerr thanked Pat Rodgers and the Rodgers team for the important work that will occur throughout the duration of the project. The new state-of-the-art cancer treatment and research facility will be completed in 2018.