Expansion Project Update

 

Construction is well underway for the new 10,000-sq.-ft., single-room proton therapy gantry and cyclotron. We are making excellent progress and anticipate the construction to be completed next year. The expansion will increase patient capacity by approximately 25 percent, allowing us to bring the benefits of proton therapy to more people.

 

 

Here are some fun facts about the construction:

  • The foundation will rest firmly on 67 concrete piles that are driven into the limestone bedrock several feet below ground.
  • The gantry will have room to rotate when installed, thanks to a 15-foot pit excavated on the construction site.
  • Materials used for construction include more than 172 tons (344,000 lbs.) of rebar and approximately 1,300 cubic yards of concrete – that’s over 130 truckloads of concrete.

We will continue to provide updates as the project moves forward. In the meantime, check out this time-lapse video, taken by the construction crew, of the development so far.

About This Newsletter

The Precision Newsletter is an electronic-only publication that is distributed by email. Each issue is sent monthly to patients, alumni patients and friends of the University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute. As the official newsletter of the Institute, the content is compiled and prepared by our communications representative and approved by the editor Stuart Klein, executive director of UF Health Proton Therapy Institute. Special bulletin newsletters may occasionally be prepared when timely topics and new developments in proton therapy occur. If you would like to send a Letter to the Editor, please click here.

 

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