The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Science Park Research Division

Smithville, Texas

Part of The University of Texas System, the research campus was originally constructed in the 1970s on a 700-acre site within Buescher State Park. To help modernize the aging campus, Stansberry Engineering worked extensively to provide large-scale infrastructure replacements, accessibility upgrades, drainage improvements, and expansion opportunities. These projects included:

Infrastructure Replacement - New water mains, sewer lines, and replacement of the main driveway improved infrastructure reliability, parking, circulation, and emergency response.

Loop Road and Water Line Extension - 1,500-foot private roadway and new water line to connect east and west sides of campus to increase reliability and functionality.

Lab 1 & Lab 2 Drainage & Accessibility - Mitigation of localized flooding with improved grading and new storm lines. Retrofitted existing parking and sidewalks to provide accessible route to building.

Lab 3 Liquid Nitrogen - Site work for new liquid nitrogen and bulk carbon dioxide tanks included flatwork, sidewalk access, new piping, and pavement repair. 

Lab 4 Water Line Extension - A new 1,400-foot waterline was extended along the eastern edge of the campus to provide dual feed to Lab 4.

Lab 4 Crawlspace Ventilation & Condensate Discharge - Rerouted existing condensate drain piping, restored eroded areas, and mitigated erosion to an amenity trail.

Griffin Building Hot Water Supply - New 1,200-foot hot water supply and return lines from a secondary chiller plant to four existing buildings.

Griffin Building Crawlspace Drainage and Wastewater - Improved exterior site drainage and grading with new storm piping to mitigate localized flooding.

Griffin Building Renovations - Feasibility study evaluating options for renovation, expansion, or replacement of the existing vivarium building.

Central Utility Plant Wildfire Mitigation Back Up Power - New generators and a fuel storage tank constructed to provide electricity for campus operations during power outages.

Fiber Optic Conduit - New conduit duct bank installed to connect the research campus with the UT System ten gigabyte fiber optic data cable.


Engineering design included a comprehensive phasing plan to ensure minimal disruption to the critical, word-class medical research conducted on campus.

The new loop roadway was designed to create a fire break from the adjacent forest. 

Campus is within the Lost Pines forest, critical habitat for the endangered Houston toad and construction required USFWS review.

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pre-design feasibility report, schematic design, construction documents, construction administration