Kathryn F. Kirk Center for Comprehensive Cancer Care and Women’s Cancers

Hunstman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah is pleased to announce a major hospital expansion: The Kathryn F. Kirk Center for Comprehensive Cancer Care and Women’s Cancers at HCI.

The new patient care facility will extend from the north end of HCI’s buildings on the campus of the U of U in Salt Lake City. Located within the U of U Health medical infrastructure on campus, the expansion will allow the HCI to grow by 220,000 square feet and add 48 new inpatient hospital rooms. It will include four floors of clinical space, an expanded wellness and integrative health center, two floors of faculty offices and two floors available for future build-out based on patient needs. The Kathryn F. Kirk Center for Comprehensive Cancer Care and Women’s Cancers will increase HCI’s clinical care capacity by 50%.

More information about the project and its major contributors is available here.

Anticipated Project Timeline:

  • May – December 2019: Design and Construction Planning
  • Fall 2019: Utility Work
  • September 5, 2019: Ceremonial Groundbreaking
  • January 2020: Construction Begins
  • Summer 2022: Commissioning, Equipment Installation, Moves
  • October 2022: Open to Patients

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Project Updates

Controlled Blasting Activity

What’s Happening:

Controlled blasting techniques for excavation may begin as early as next week on April 30th, 2020. This type of blasting is used periodically in commercial construction and is currently being used in some urban areas here in Utah.

What to Expect:

Short traffic stops (approx. 3 minutes) near the construction site, auditory horn signals, small vibrations, noise and dust.

See map of traffic stop locations below:

See video for example of blast type:


This activity could start as early as next week and could continue for 20 weeks, until excavation is complete.

What Times/Which Days:

Blasting will be permitted up to 6 days per week, during two time windows per day. This schedule is subject to change.

The time windows for the blast are, as follows:

Monday – Saturday (weekly)

12:00 – 12:30 PM

5:00 – 6:30 PM

8:00 – 9:00 PM

Will blasting occur every day and during every window listed?

No. Not all windows will be utilized, as blasting is a last-resort technique for excavation. All other reasonable methods for excavation will be be attempted first.


Phase 2 (completed): Circle of Hope Drive relocation

Construction on the temporary Circle of Hope Drive roadway has been completed. This temporary solution will remain in place until 2022, and will keep vehicle access open to the front door of the Huntsman Cancer Institute, including hospital and research building entrances, as well as access to the Northeast Parking Structure. See map below for details of the temporary Circle of Hope Drive:

Reminder: Parking Lot 60 near the Children’s Center is closed indefinitely.

There will be a noticeable increase in construction-related traffic on North Medical Drive throughout the spring of 2020. Large amounts of soil will be exported from the construction site during the excavation phase of the project. Flaggers and appropriate traffic mitigation efforts are being put in place. Patient/other medical traffic will be given priority over all other traffic types. Dust control measures will be in place and compliance will be enforced.

Employees that use the Bonneville Shoreline Trail system and exit the BST from this area will need to find an alternate exit nearby. The nearest recommended exits are the Dry Creek Trailhead and the Red Butte Creek Road Trailhead. For more information on BST system routes, please refer to the BST website.