Merit Selected to Build New Proton Therapy Center

Merit Construction has been selected to build The Proton Therapy Center  at Dowell Springs, which will be one of the most advanced centers for cancer treatment in the world.

Developer ProVision Healthcare is bringing this innovative project to Knoxville. Proton therapy is a relatively new form of cancer treatment with only nine centers in the United States. Unlike traditional radiation therapy, the precision of proton therapy targets cancerous tissue and reduces collateral damage to the surrounding healthy tissue.

The 87,220-square-foot, two-story facility will have five treatment rooms. Site work began in October 2011 and it is expected that the center will begin treating patients in 2014.

“We are thrilled to have been selected for this project. We have worked with Terry Douglass and his team at ProVision Healthcare in the past and are proud to partner again with people who are so committed to excellence and the health of our region,” said Bruce Bosse, president of Merit Construction.

For more information on this project, check out our Merit on the Move e-newsletter.