Setting the benchmark for progressive cancer care and ‘patient first’ design
The Cleveland Clinic’s devotion to design, and its impact on a patient’s journey throughout a building and treatment, is the inspiration behind its new Taussig Cancer Center. This energizing relationship resulted in a healing environment that beautifully embodies Cleveland Clinic’s world-renowned reputation for patient care.
The seven-story building houses all outpatient cancer treatment services in one location where the center’s team of medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, nurses, genetic counselors, social workers, and others work together to improve patient outcomes. The center, designed by William Rawn Associates, Architects and Stantec’s healthcare architecture team is organized by cancer type, allowing patients to have all of their appointments in one area where clinical caregivers come to the patient.
Natural light and views are abundant. Extensive use of glass on the north and south facades brings daylight into corridors, care stations and staff workrooms. Many patient areas, including infusion rooms, feature floor-to-ceiling windows, and a unique skylight over the lower level brings natural light into the lower level where patients receive radiation and imaging services. The interior design features minimal palette of glass, wood and brushed steel.
Amenities for patients and their families include a cafe, meditation space, a pharmacy, retail, resource center and music/art therapy. The project is targeting LEED® Silver.
Technology played an important role in assisting the team to gauge client priorities. Stereoscopic renderings were produced using cloud technology, which decreased production time. These renderings were shown via cardboard viewers at user group meetings. The client was so impressed with the feedback, they asked for additional renderings to showcase the project. In addition, custom cardboard viewers were created to promote the project, and distributed to the Clinic’s biggest donors during fundraising events.
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