The arrival of the linear accelerator yesterday marked a significant milestone in the construction of the William E. Kahlert Regional Cancer Center.
This state-of-the-art piece of equipment is used in radiation therapy for the treatment of cancer.
The enormous yet delicate piece of equipment has a complicated installation process. In the last month, we underwent three inspections by project engineers to ensure that the building was in adequate shape to receive the delivery of the linear accelerator.
During the next month an installer will put together the machine, then will spend about a week connecting the linear accelerator to the computer systems and making sure all of the safeguards are in place.
Commissioning the linear accelerator is the last step in the process. A physicist will spend four to five weeks adjusting the settings on the equipment to make sure it delivers the correct amount of radiation.
Although this harsh winter gave us some delays, construction is more than 50 percent complete on both the William E. Kahlert Regional Cancer Center and the Tevis Center for Wellness, with both spaces still on schedule to open this fall.
The interior wall framing of the cancer center is now complete, and drywall is being installed. Work on the building’s mechanical and electrical systems continues in the basement, as does work on the building’s exterior.
In addition, construction is now underway on the Shauck Auditorium. This new space will host large community events and educational programs for the community, hospital staff and physicians. In order for construction to begin on the auditorium, some of the services and treatments that were housed in what was formerly The Women’s Place have been moved to a temporary location in the Dixon Building until construction is complete.
With the spring weather finally here, it’s a perfect time to drive by our campus and see the progress for yourself, or take a minute and view a slideshow of the first day of the linear accelerator installation and pictures of the ongoing construction.