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June 21, 2012
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Steel rises at Upstate Cancer Center construction

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—The next phase of construction for the $50 million Upstate Cancer Center is under way as more than 550 tons of steel begins arriving on the Upstate campus this week.

The placement of steel will continue over the summer and when completed the outline of the new cancer center will be visible to all.

“Seeing steel go up on the site is a significant milestone for this community, as it brings the project a step closer to completion and a step closer to providing area patients with a distinctive setting for receiving compassionate and outstanding cancer care,” said Paul Seale, chief operating officer of Upstate University Hospital, which is building the cancer center.

The center is being built in an environmentally and socially responsible fashion, enabling Upstate to pursue a Silver Rating under the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.

Part of the project is paid for by bonds, but Upstate is also conducting a capital campaign that since Fall of 2011 has raised $12.6 million toward the campaign goal of $15 million.

The five-story facility will encompass more than 90,000 square feet dedicated to cancer care for the children and adults, and feature private infusion rooms, a four-season rooftop garden, meditation rooms, a family resource center.

The cancer center project is also benefiting the region’s economy by providing 300 construction jobs.

The Upstate Cancer Center is expected to open in the fall of 2013.

Upstate’s cancer care has received numerous accolades for its quality, including commendation from the American College of Surgeons.

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