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Mayo plans $130 million cancer center

Mayo Clinic has been granted approval for construction of a 217,200 square-foot building on its Phoenix campus, a major expansion that will create a single-site, integrated Cancer Center. Mayo Clinic Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center with a multi-site, national presence, which allows us to serve a broad and diverse group of patients.

The $130 million facility features three additional floors of clinical and office space that will be built above the first level of Mayo Clinic’s Proton Beam Therapy Building currently under construction. Proton beam therapy is a precise form of cancer treatment that allows greater control over radiation doses, using pencil-beam scanning. Project design and programming for the new building is expected to take three years, with staged occupancy expected in 2015.

The project signals a significant milestone for Mayo Clinic in Arizona in that it creates a consolidated and integrated Cancer Center on one campus, providing enhanced convenience for cancer patients and their families. Pivotal to that consolidation will be the relocation of the Hematology/Oncology Department from its current location on the Scottsdale campus to the new building on the Phoenix campus. Other cancer-related units such as Bone Marrow Transplant, Chemotherapy Infusion and Research will also transfer to the new building. Consolidation to one campus will also include relocation of 32 chemotherapy infusion stations currently located on the Scottsdale campus to the new cancer facility, as well as the planned addition of 18 more infusion stations.

The vertical expansion project will also include three outpatient operating rooms, expanded space for Transplant and relocation of some clinical units from the adjacent Mayo Clinic Hospital to create 12 more inpatient hospital beds.

Future plans include moving other units from the hospital to create space for 24 additional hospital beds.

Exam rooms in the new cancer building will feature a new design concept intended to accommodate the integrated team care concept for the evaluation and treatment of patients. Also planned for the convenience of patients are kiosks that will allow virtual check-in and access to timely information.

“Our patients will welcome this single-site Cancer Center, because under one roof we will be able to leverage personalized, comprehensive cancer care that includes medical and surgical oncology, infusion and chemotherapy, proton beam therapy and cancer research,” said Wyatt W. Decker, M.D., CEO, Mayo Clinic in Arizona. “This project firmly aligns Mayo Clinic’s strategic focus in cancer care and provides patients a destination for innovative, world-class cancer treatment in the Southwest.”

“This is great news for Mayo Clinic, for Phoenix and all cancer patients in the Valley and beyond,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “This project will have a significant economic impact in Phoenix in terms of job creation and helps confirm the Phoenix area’s reputation for being a destination for health care and scientific research. This is timely, considering our region anticipates unprecedented growth over the next 10 years, creating more demand for outstanding health care options.”

Approval for the new facility was granted by the Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees at its meeting on Aug. 10, 2012.

Banner MD Anderson Lantern Of Hope

Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Lantern Of Hope Honored

The Lantern of Hope positioned at the entry to Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, was recognized among 15 architectural lighting design projects throughout seven countries at the 29th Annual International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) International Lighting Design Awards. The ceremony was held May 10 in Las Vegas. The cancer center, located in Gilbert, Ariz., is a unique collaboration between Banner Health and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Positioned at the entryway of the $109 million cancer center, the award-winning Lantern’s vivid, uniform glow serves as a beacon of hope and a symbol of the center’s commitment to the eradication of cancer. Judges noted the subtle color usage as a distinct differentiating factor within the project as many times color is over utilized in lighting design projects. Judges also noted the exceptional execution and design composition of the silhouette lighting in the vertical tower and the even wash of the horizontal awning.

“Symbols of hope abound at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center,” said cancer center CEO Todd Werner. “We are honored that our lantern provides inspiration among such prominent architectural lighting design projects across the world.”

The Lantern of Hope was created with accessibility, maintenance and longevity in mind. Robust, yet small scale, IP66 luminaries with long-life LEDs were selected to withstand the hard desert climate and are situated in a double row at the base of the four-story panel spans in single rows at the bottom of the single-story spans.

The panels cladding the structure were cut to represent the canopy of the Palo Verde tree, also known as the “nurse” tree, fittingly, and filter sunlight to the entry and balconies through a fabric scrim by day while being backlit at night to create an inspiring visual icon. Playful contrasts of light and shadow provide a soft, luminous space of transition to the building during the day and relaxing vantage points for the ever-changing natural light show are offered from adjacent second and third floor balconies.

Generally, the Lantern glows in lavender – the universal color for cancer awareness. Through the use of a DMX control package, Banner MD Anderson officials can also use the Lantern to communicate cancer awareness months, holidays and special events through smoothly fading color and kinesis.

In addition to the Lantern of Hope, the center was designed merging the “high-tech” world of medicine with the “high touch” needs of cancer patients to provide holistic care. The center’s unique environment also incorporates proven evidence-based design theories to enhance healing such as natural light, artwork, water features and views of nature. Patient and family amenities at Banner MD Anderson include an expansive lobby, outdoor balconies, large patient rooms and treatment areas as well as unique boutique retail services.

Architect for the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center was Cannon Design. General contractor was DPR Construction.

Located at US 60 and Higley Road, the 130,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility is housed on the Banner Gateway Medical Center campus in Gilbert, Ariz. Banner MD Anderson joins Arizona’s leading health care provider with the nation’s leading cancer center to provide patients and their families the highest quality care possible. Top areas of patient care include medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgery, pathology, laboratory, diagnostic imaging and other supportive clinical services.

You can find out more about Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center at www.bannerhealth.com.