Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Mortimer B. Zuckerman Research Center, New York

Tetra Tech’s High Performance Buildings Group provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP), fire protection, information technology, and security services for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.


  • Size: 697,000 square feet 
  • Client/Owner: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  • Architect: SOM, ZGF Architects
  • Contractor: Holder Construction
  • Completion Date: 2008


This project entailed the construction of a new 24-story structure encompassing 557,000 square feet (Phase I) and the construction of a 128,000-square-foot addition (Phase II).

Phase I included biological research laboratories, chemistry laboratories, a vivarium with related support areas, a BL-3 facility, offices, and a rectory. The chiller plant for this project totals 9,200 tons (with space for an additional 600 tons) and consists of two high-pressure steam-driven turbine centrifugal chillers and four 1,500-ton electric-driven chillers. The cooling towers on the roof consist of nine cells with five primary chilled-water pumps of 200 horsepower each. There are five condenser water pumps of 400 horsepower each. The chiller plant is a primary/secondary system.

The Phase II addition consisted of an expansion to the vivarium, dry laboratories, offices, and an auditorium. The vivarium holds 18,000 cages for approximately 90,000 mice. In addition to MEP engineering, Tetra Tech assisted in the review, selection, and implementation of voice, data, and video technology for the laboratory building as well as the design and documentation of technology infrastructure for the research support vivarium.

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