Opened in June, the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb., endeavors to forever change the way cancer is diagnosed and treated. Through the use of genomics and other diagnostic tools, the center employs "precision medicine to customize therapies and care for each cancer patient."
Notable research programs include the center's work on lymphoma, bone marrow transplantation, and pancreatic and breast cancer. Through affiliations with community cancer program centers, the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center offers opportunities for clinical and translational research and provides patients in rural communities with access to the center's clinical trials, which recently were expanded to include hospitals in South Dakota.
Following a generous gift from donor Pamela Buffett, construction of the new $323 million cancer center on the university's main campus began in April 2013. The complex includes a 10-story glass research tower, eight-story inpatient cancer hospital, multidisciplinary outpatient clinic, infusion center, radiation treatment facility, healing garden and an amoeba-shaped roof sanctuary.
Selected by the project's general contractor, Kiewit Building Group Inc., Omaha, Scott Enterprises Inc., Omaha, was tasked with the installation of six roof systems on 14 roof areas covering 110,000 square feet plus a 3,500-square-foot skywalk.