Type of facility: Cancer treatment center
Client: Central Arkansas Radiation Therapy Institute
Project architect: HKS Architects, Dallas, in association with Sims/Grisham/Blair Architects, Little Rock
General contractor: Baldwin & Shell Construction Co., Little Rock
Scheduled completion: January 1996
Size: 12,000 square feet
Total cost: $1.9 million
Cost per square foot: $157.50
This facility simplifies the design effort through the organization of small, identifiable departments and coherent paths of patient circulation, according to the jury.
"The design wasn't cluttered by nonessential elements and does not appear utilitarian," Mr. Keener said.
Created to house two radiation therapy rooms, a simulator, a computed tomography scanner and community areas, this project takes into consideration the patient's frame of mind, he said.
Natural light is a successful orienting element throughout the facility and gives a sense of openness, particularly in waiting areas, Mr. Moon said. A pool of water and trees line the patient waiting area, which is highlighted by natural light from above to create a calming environment before entering treatment areas.
A tall, cylindrical entry serves as an icon for the visitor entrance and helps establish the center's presence on a large campus.
Skylights are featured in the main patient entry to the building and treatment areas.
"This project provides easy access for patients from automobile to treatment areas due to effective site planning and building design," Mr. Allison said. "Clear circulation is provided through simple organization and visual cues."