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Published on Dec 21, 2011
Bill Daigneau is MD Anderson's vice president for the Division of Operations and Facilities Management. For the past 17 years, he's led the charge of bringing to life a shared vision among MD Anderson leaders. In that time, Daigneau and his team have grown the institution from 3.5 to 14 million square feet of clinical, research and administrative space.
In 2000, institutional leaders asked if Daigneau could build a new outpatient facility in three to four years.
To tackle the challenge, Daigneau and his team applied a construction approach never used for a major clinical facility in the United States — design-build. In a typical project, an architect is hired to design a building. Then a construction contractor is hired to build it. But in design-build, the construction contractor hires, and works closely with, the architect from the beginning.
"Nobody was using design-build for this kind of project. At the time, it was a real leap of faith," Daigneau says.
It was faith well placed. The 1.2 million-square-feet Lowry and Peggy Mays Clinic broke ground in 2001 and opened in 2004. Today, the method is used across the country for all types of medical facilities, thanks to the innovation of Daigneau and his team.
Daigneau's goal: to design and provide spaces that meet the needs of MD Anderson's employees, patients and visitors.