Duke University Health System plans to expand its medical empire.
Duke announced this morning it is building a new Cancer Center and Duke Medicine Paviliion at its main Durham campus. The two facilities will cost more than $700 million and add about 850,000 square feet to the campus.
The seven-story Cancer Center will be next to the current Morris Cancer Clinic and is expected to open in 2012. The eight-story pavilion is expected to be ready in 2013.
Medical expansions continue to fuel the local economy during the recession, with new projects proposed or underway in Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Clayton, Hillsborough and elsewhere.
The latest Duke project will create about 1,500 jobs during construction and 1,000 jobs when finished, university officials estimate.
Duke has recently finished renovations at Duke Raleigh and Durham
Regional hospitals, and opened clinics in Brier Creek, Morrisville,
Knightdale and North Raleigh.