Type of facility: Cancer treatment center
Client: Baystate Health System, Springfield, Mass.
Project architects: Steffian Bradley Architects, Boston
Construction manager: George B.H. Macomber Co., Boston
Completed: October 2003
Size: 64,000 square feet
Cost: $21.8 million
Cost per square foot: $340
The D'Amour Center for Cancer Care in Springfield, Mass., provides comprehensive cancer treatment services on an outpatient basis.
"This cancer-care center is clearly designed around the needs of patients and families," says judge Sue Brody.
For more than two years, 100 people-cancer survivors, doctors, clinical staff and administrators-collaborated on designing the center around patient care.
The three-story facility separates treatment rooms from the more behind-the-scenes workstations with separate doors and hallways for staff, and with heavy emphasis on natural lighting and warm colors.
The first floor has a resource room and radiation oncology area. The second floor holds 30 adult infusion stations, five pediatric infusion stations, family counseling services and 20 exam rooms. The top floor houses administrative areas, mechanical rooms, record storage spaces, staff facilities and a multipurpose conference room.
"This facility exhibits a refined simplicity of forms and materials," says judge Peter Bardwell, which he says creates "a sense of tranquility in an often stressful treatment environment."
Says judge Louis Pounders: "This project was extremely successful in both plan and execution."