The gift will enable the institute — which was established by Jon M. and Karen Huntsman — to scale its expansion plans from 102,000 square feet of new space to 200,000 square feet and from four to eight stories. Projected to cost $129 million — of which more than $70 million will come from private philanthropic funds — the new patient care facility will include four floors of clinical space, an expanded wellness center, two floors of faculty offices, and two floors that will be built out at a later date based on patient needs. Pending final approval by state and university entities, construction is slated to begin in December, with the building expected to open in September 2022.
The Huntsman Cancer Foundation already has raised $40 million to help fund construction of the Kathryn F. Kirk Center for Comprehensive Cancer Care and Women's Cancers at Huntsman Cancer Institute, including gifts from the Spencer and Kristen Kirk family, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and doTERRA International.
"My mother Karen, our family foundation's chairwoman, my siblings, and I are honored to continue to invest in the future of HCI," said Peter Huntsman, CEO of the Huntsman Foundation and chair and CEO of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation. "Combined with the more than one million donors who help support this globally recognized institute, we are committed to eradicating this disease."