Type of facility: Cancer center
Client: UW Hospital & Clinics, Madison; Watertown (Wis.) Memorial Hospital;Fort HealthCare, Fort Atkinson, Wis.
Project architect: OWP/P, Chicago
Construction manager: CG Schmidt, Milwaukee
Completed: October 2005
Size: 14,300 square feet
Cost: $3.46 million
Cost per square foot: $242
The use of the clerestory windows (an upper-story row of windows) allows the light to hit the wooden ceiling and infuses the rooms with daylight," says competition judge Marsha Berger, describing the University of Wisconsin Cancer Center at Johnson Creek's use of natural elements and rural architecture. "They took ordinary materials-they weren't extravagant-but simple materials were beautifully combined to create a warm atmosphere."
The center features post-and-beam construction, brick and concrete block, as well as a soft color palette, natural lighting and woodland views that fit the center's rustic surroundings. The collaborative endeavor between 465-bed UW Hospitals & Clinics, Madison; 51-bed Watertown Memorial Hospital; and 100-bed Fort HealthCare, Fort Atkinson, was an attempt to keep costs low and avoid a duplication of efforts in serving the rural communities of southeastern Wisconsin between Milwaukee and Madison.
Core services include cancer treatment, education and prevention. Patients can choose private or open chemotherapy infusion bays as well as control lighting and music within their linear accelerator vault during radiation therapy. A conference room outfitted with teleconferencing equipment allows clinicians real-time access to experts at UW-Madison, working to further the center's mission of providing cutting-edge cancer research and treatment in a nurturing, hope-filled setting,the judges say.