Delbert Day Cancer Institute

McCarthy Completes Construction of Delbert Day Cancer Institute at Phelps County Regional Medical Center


Use of Lean construction techniques helped the team improve efficiencies
and minimize campus disruption

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has completed construction of the Delbert Day Cancer Institute, a comprehensive cancer care facility on the campus of Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla, Mo. The 37,000-square-foot facility occupies the first two levels of the new, four-story, 100,470-square-foot building constructed by McCarthy.

Located at the north side of the main hospital campus, the $31.3 million building is connected to an adjacent medical office building via a pedestrian bridge. The new facility includes more than 63,000 square feet of shelled medical office space to accommodate future tenants.

Equipped with the latest cancer treatment technologies and amenities for patients and families, the Delbert Day Cancer Institute houses radiation therapies, PET C/T, nuclear medicine, infusion therapy, medical oncology, and supporting lab and pharmacy ancillary services. The first floor, which opens to an exterior healing garden, includes a lobby and registration area, retail space, a health café, education space and a community center. On the second floor, infusion services and a medical oncology clinic offer scenic views of the building’s green roof.

“Building on an active hospital campus is always challenging, and the McCarthy team worked closely with our staff to ensure the safety of patients, visitors and staff was always top-of-mind. We are thankful to have them as our building partner,” says Bill Leaders, administrative director of facility and support services for Phelps County Regional Medical Center.

To optimize efficiency, the project team employed Lean construction techniques, including the construction of prefabricated mechanical, engineering and plumbing (MEP) systems directly from the BIM model to reduce site waste.

McCarthy also leveraged advanced construction technologies, including a semi-automated robotic mason to enhance the efficiency of bricklaying. To generate the unique geometry of the prefabricated curtain-wall system and prefabricated MEP systems, the team used a robotic layout.

The building also was the first in the Midwest region to use the Peri Maximo formwork system, designed to increase productivity on continuous pours for self-performed concrete.

“This project is a testament to the power of teamwork, efficiency and innovation,” says Justin Decker, project manager of McCarthy. “We are proud to help bring this important facility to the Rolla community.”

BSA LifeStructures designed the building.

The Delbert Day Cancer Institute began treating patients in January 2017.

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has been setting the industry standard in healthcare construction for over a century. Consistently ranked as a top healthcare builder by Modern Healthcare and Engineering News-Review, McCarthy has constructed more than 800 significant healthcare facilities and renovated thousands more.

Photo courtesy of  Sam Fentress, McCarthy Building Companies and BSA LifeStructures.