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Todd Cancer Pavilion in Long Beach, CA by c|a Architects
May 24th, 2012 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: c|a Architects
The Memorial Care Todd Cancer Institute is a nationally recognized healthcare leader in cancer diagnoses,treatment and research. The Todd Cancer Pavilion will not only provide a state-of-the-art medical facility for the institute to practice leading edge cancer care and research, it will also be seen by the patients and community as an iconic center for healing in Long Beach and southern California.
The program for the new building, which will serve as the welcoming entry to the Memorial Care Todd Cancer Institute, includes outpatient treatment, breast imaging, doctors’ clinics, conference space and more. The project also involves the renovation of the second and third floors of an existing administration building that will contain the new outpatient facility. The entire project is scheduled to complete construction in March 2013.
The light-filled, two-story lobby with its warm woods, natural materials and views to the outside will provide a patient-friendly, healing environment. The vaulting lobby space houses a first floor reception and waiting room. The open, sculptural staircase leads to the second and third floors that connect to 66,000 square feet of remodeled space in the existing building. Breast imaging and research, a resource center and staff spaces will be located on the second floor and an infusion center, infusion pharmacy, and clinic space on third. There also is a healing garden on the roof of the new pavilion, which will provide a respite for patients and family.
Although the Pavilion connects to an older building on the medical center campus, the distinctive design of the building with its multiple roof levels and large glazed window walls creates a strong, highly visible identity for the Institute.
By analyzing the existing structure and incorporating the same method of lateral resistance for the addition (a steel moment frame) the design avoided the need for a seismic joint between the new entry and the existing structure, which provided for a cost savings to the project.
c|a Architects are the designers of the project; MHP Structural Engineers provided the structural design as well as equipment anchorage for all new mechanical and medical equipment.
c|a ARCHITECTS is an architecture, planning and interior design firm that provides expert design solutions for healthcare institutions. www.c-aarchitects.com
MHP Structural Engineers is a structural engineering firm with expertise in structural design, seismic risk and business continuity, forensic engineering and equipment anchorage. www.mhpse.com
Both firms have long-standing working relationships with Long Beach Memorial, which is part of the Memorial Care Health System, and have completed multiple projects on the growing Long Beach campus. www.memorialcare.org/long_beach
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