University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center


The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center’s new $22 million, 60,000-square-foot Moncrief Cancer Institute is a community-based cancer prevention and support center. The center features terra cotta and metal panel rainscreen cladding systems installed over a fluid-applied, vapor permeable air- and water-control membrane and continuous exterior insulation. The building also includes curtain wall and storefront glazing systems of aluminum framing members with insulating glass units and a built-up roof.


The building enclosure commissioning process, which began early in the design phase, focused on the building’s major control layers, including the air barrier, roofing, waterproofing, windows and curtainwalls, skylights, insulation, and exterior wall cladding systems as well as the interfaces between these systems.

WJE’s scope of services included technical reviews of design drawings and specifications, review of contractor shop drawings and submittals, observation of construction and performance testing of a site mockup, participation in trade pre-construction meetings, site visits during construction, performance testing, and regular commissioning meetings.

To conclude, WJE prepared a project close-out maintenance manual for the client to assure the information regarding the building enclosure was readily available, such that an on-going maintenance program could be implemented to provide long term durability.