Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Laurance S. Rockefeller Outpatient Pavilion, New York.
Type of facility: ambulatory-care center
Client: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York.
Project architect: Perkins Eastman Architects, New York.
Construction manager: Lehrer McGovern Bovis, New York.
Completed: April 1999
Size: 200,000 square feet
Total cost: $38.9 million
Cost per square foot: $195
In midtown Manhattan, this ambulatory cancer-care facility uses all 12 floors of a former office building.
The facility is designed to be patient-friendly while also serving a high volume of patients. It is fully digital, paperless and connected to the main hospital's computer system.
The judges said the facility has a warm interior. "The retrofit represents the wave of the future, where medical facilities, particularly in the inner cities, will be in existing buildings," says judge Rex Ball. "Its warmth, emphasizing a warm Oriental theme, was very reassuring."
The main lobby/reception area and support services are on the first two floors. A wellness center is housed on the top floor, while the other floors offer treatment areas for different disease groups, including gastrointestinal, gynecological and dermatologic. Each floor has a distinctive color scheme, but the architectural elements are similar.
The center also has a prevention center, a library, 135 examination rooms, 66 chemotherapy treatment units in six suites, 47 consultation offices, 16 procedure rooms and 12 diagnostic radiology rooms. The chemotherapy areas are placed at the same corner of each of the floors to maximize patients' exposure to natural light.
"This project has a warmth of detailing that projected a strong feeling of comfort," says judge J. Windom Kimsey. "It is well-detailed and seemed to be designed with a sensitivity for natural light."