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Recognizing the need for researchers to work in tandem with the clinicians directly involved with caring for cancer patients, the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center is designed to bring the University of Nebraska Medical Center (the research component) and the Nebraska Medical Center (the clinical component) together in one facility. The facility consists of three components: a ten-story 252,000-square-foot cancer research tower; a seven-story, 325-000-square foot, 108-bed hospital tower and a multidisciplinary outpatient center.

The hospital tower is conveniently situated adjacent to the outpatient center where patients will go for diagnosis and treatment plans allowing them to transition seamlessly from clinic to hospital and back. Other design elements that ease the experience for patients and their families include easy access from the drop-off entry or from the Durham Outpatient Center, and an escort station to receive patients checking in.

The exterior design reflects the existing campus context but establishes its own identity as a contemporary extension of both research and hospital. Two horizontal framework patterns symbolize DNA sequencing codes to symbolize the work conducted inside.

UNMC/Nebraska Medicine


Omaha, Nebraska

Chris Barnwell

Research - 252,000 square feet, 98 labs
Hospital - 325,000 square feet, 108 beds

Chris Barnwell's role was Project Design Principal, exterior design lead and a member of the interior design team for the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center project while with HDR Inc.
Photography by Chris Barnwell