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MD Anderson's at it again, via Preservation Houston:

MD Anderson to demolish MacKie & Kamrath dental school

MD Anderson Cancer Center has informed Texas Historical Commission of its plans to demolish the former University of Texas Dental Branch, 6516 MD Anderson Boulevard in the Texas Medical Center. MacKie & Kamrath were the architects for the original five-story building, completed in 1955, as well as later additions constructed through the 1980s.

Neither Houston’s historic preservation ordinance nor the Texas Antiquities Code apply to the property because the building is not located in a historic district and is not a designated landmark. Preservation

Houston is encouraging MD Anderson to document the building before it is demolished.

The historic building has been vacant since the UT Dental Branch (now UT School of Dentistry) opened its new facility at 7500 Cambridge earlier this year. The dental school was founded as the Texas Dental College in 1905 and became part of the UT System in 1943.

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This has been revived for 2019.

https://www4.mdanderson.org/procurement/bids/index.cfm?pagename=viewBid&id=6358&name=Request for Qualification&historic=yes

 

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Owner seeks designed-demolition and design/build services for the hazardous material abatement and demolition of the Owner’s Dental Branch Building (DBB) located at 6516 MD Anderson Boulevard. The DBB is a 6-story building that contains 325,000 gross square feet of floor space. A pre-submittal conference will be held on 1/16/2019, at 1:30 pm, Local Time at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Building, Room Z6.1003ab, 6565 MD Anderson Blvd., Houston, TX 77030

 

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https://www.virtualbx.com/construction-preview/austin-ut-system-regents-all-set-to-release-159-million-for-projects-at-five-campuses/

 

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Austin (Travis County) — The University of Texas System Board of Regents have teed up six construction projects on five campuses and are expected to authorize expenditures totaling $159 million.

 

$13.5 million to UT MD Anderson Cancer Care to demolish the Dental Branch Building.

 

This project involves the demolition of a building that was formerly occupied by the UT Health Science Center Dental School. The building has seven levels including a basement level and a utility service tunnel that connects with the UT MD Anderson Main Building complex.

 

The work is expected to include the abatement of asbestos containing materials, as well as any other hazardous materials that may be present. The project is expected to include deconstruction of the building, rather than implosion, as well as modification of an existing flood wall system, shoring, removal of basement walls, protection of buried underground utilities,and analysis of capacities for existing infrastructure to support future site development.

 

Finally, a portion of the site is to be developed as surface parking, on an interim basis, to support valet services for the Main Building complex.

 

Of the total appropriated, $11,312,500 is budgeted for demolition. This is a Design/Build delivery method.

 

This week’s action includes addition to the CIP, approval of the design, and Notice to Proceed to construction.

 

The demolition should be completed by July 2020.

 

 

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UTHealth wrote an article about this demolition in December 2019.  Mentions future site development, but also a temporary surface lot for a portion of the property.

https://dentistry.uth.edu/about/news-media/story.htm?id=c168e4f3-95eb-42c2-b545-012e7ce26835

 

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The building that from 1954 to 2012 was home to The University of Texas Dental Branch (now known as UTHealth School of Dentistry) is scheduled for demolition. The UT System Board of Regents has approved $11.3 million for the project, with an estimated completion date of July 2020.

 

When the School of Dentistry moved to a new facility at 7500 Cambridge St. in 2012, the Dental Branch Building, located at 6516 M.D. Anderson Blvd., was sold to UT MD Anderson Cancer Center.

 

Demolition will be by deconstruction, rather than implosion, and will include modifying an existing flood wall system, shoring, removing basement walls, protecting buried underground utilities, and analyzing the capacity for existing infrastructure to support future site development. The work is expected to include abatement of hazardous materials, including asbestos.

 

A portion of the site will be developed as surface parking, on an interim basis, to support valet services for MD Anderson’s Main Building complex.

 

Designed by architects Mackie & Kamrath and built by Manhattan Construction Company of Texas, the Dental Branch Building was soon nicknamed as “The Pink Palace” because of the pink, brown and gray marble exterior and an interior with such luxuries as air-conditioning. The entire project, including land and equipment, cost $6.4 million. The building was enlarged in 1988.

 

Before the Dental Branch Building was sold, several slabs of marble were saved and have been turned into mementos. Details on how to get one will be publicized in the coming months.

 

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