University of Miami expands radiation therapy practice at its Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
The University of Miami Hospital is introducing a new proton therapy center adjacent to the UHealth Tower at its medical campus. The project consists of an addition and renovations to the existing radiation oncology department.
Our team was engaged to deliver architecture and interior design which presented several challenges, as the logical expansion for the proton therapy department was toward the back of the radiation oncology department. The site was extremely tight to accommodate the footprint for a one-room proton bunker. We vertically stacked new mechanical, electrical, and plumbing equipment beside the bunker in a way that was both unconventional and efficient. To identify the entrance and improve wayfinding, we created a new drop-off point with a generous canopy accommodating multiple cars. This emphasized the convenience of the “back” entrance as opposed to the entrance on the other side of campus that would have required patients to walk through the hospital.
While located at the back of the tower, the new vault is enclosed in a lively patterned façade to recognize the importance of this addition. We used the concrete bunker as a canvas and billboard to enhance the presence of the proton therapy department and some of the façade for signage visible from afar.
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