HUPTI, World’s Largest Free-Standing Proton Therapy Center, Near Completion

Hampton, Va. – Eleven months ago, Hampton University broke ground on the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute (HUPTI). Now, nearly a year later, the largest Free-standing proton therapy institute in the world is half-way completed.

“Since the groundbreaking we’ve poured 17,000 yards of concrete,” said Larry Bruno, senior superintendent, Armada Hoffler, who oversees the HUPTI construction project. “The interior metal frame has been installed and is 90% completed, while the concrete is fully completed.”

“I am very pleased with the progress thus far,” said HU President William R. Harvey, the visionary behind the project. “I am thankful to our partners and supporters for helping to bring this monumental effort to fruition as we continue to move toward our goal to ease human misery and save lives.”

HUPTI will address Virginia’s growing need for cancer treatment. According to the Center for Disease Control, Hampton Roads leads the nation in prostate cancer deaths.

Bruno noted that by the first week in July all the brick laying will have been completed. Construction has gone so well ahead of schedule that the parking lots and sidewalks are expected to be in place by the mid August. Also in August, the interior decorating is scheduled to begin, such as painting, flooring, finishing ceilings, and installing fixtures.

“I’m looking for a substantial completion of the project in September,” said Bruno. “By that time the building will be 85% completed, waiting on equipment installation.”

“HUPTI has been the quickest proton therapy project that we’ve been involved in to date,” said Bernt Nordin, president, IBA Particle Therapy, Inc. “It is a well managed, exceptionally designed, very nicely-run project and we are impressed with the progress. The close collaboration between Hampton University, IBA, VOA and Armada Hoffler is making HUPTI the most impressive proton facility to date.”

IBA is producing the massive equipment responsible for creating and delivering the proton beam to the patient. The 200-ton cyclotron spins subatomic particles to two-thirds of the speed of light, sending the resulting proton beam through a beam line to 90-ton gantries making the proton ready for patient treatment. The gantries and cyclotron are expected to arrive for installation early next year. Headquartered in Belgium, IBA has equipped 13 of the 17 proton therapy facilities worldwide.