Type of facility: Cancer treatment center
Client: Margaret Mary Community Hospital, Batesville
Project architects: BSA LifeStructures, Indianapolis
Construction Manager: Bruns-Gutzwiller, Batesville
Completed: February 2005
Size: 52,198 gross square feet
Cost: $10,633,996 million
Cost per square foot: $204
When designing the Hansen Center cancer clinic in Batesville, Ind., Margaret Mary Community Hospital's administrators decided they would seek recommendations from an important group of people-the clinic's would-be patients.
Based on patient responses about the types of things they would want in a comprehensive oncology treatment center, architects designed a two-story, 52,200-square-foot clinic that reflects a holistic-as well as amedical approach-to cancer treatment. The facade uses a variety of bricks to make the exterior look less like a clinic and more like someone's home. That idea continues on the inside, where bookshelves and photos of "happy images" adorn the walls. The two-story atrium has a wood-burning brick fireplace.
Soft lighting illuminates a "healing wall" of textured glass panels that feature inspirational sayings. The panels line the halls leading to the treatment areas. The individual treatment centers are designed to maximizeor minimize privacy as needed with sliding doors. Windows in the chemotherapy infusion bays overlook a four-season garden.
The Hansen Center, named for Dr. J. Michael Hansen, who died of cancer in 2002, opened on his birthday, Feb. 7, 2005. "Everyone would come away with a good patient experience," says judge Peter Ellis. "You'd walk away from this feeling very dignified. That's quite an achievement."