A new Comprehensive Cancer Center on the Phoenix Biomedical campus has been built as a joint project between the University of Arizona Cancer Center and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. Designed by ZGF Architects LLP and Hensel Phelps as part of a Design-build, the five-story, 220,000-square-foot building is the first in Phoenix to utilize a HVAC convection, chilled beam system in a clinical application. As one of only 45 comprehensive cancer centers in the nation, the center’s focus is to provide utmost patient care and serve as a place to facilitate clinical research, prevention, education, outreach and training. ZGF Architects LLP brought Colin Gordon Associates on board the project as the vibration and acoustical consultants. CGA’s contributions included working with the architect to assure that partitions between patient exam rooms and corridors, complied with the strict speech privacy requirements established by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). CGA also provided design recommendations for increasing the stiffness of the proposed concrete flat slab floor system. Vibration criteria ranged from 500 micro m/s for an MRI suite to 8000 micro m/s for patient rooms.
At first glance, this new and modern building resembles a hotel rather than a hospital and clinical research center. With an elegantly designed lobby emblazoned with beautiful bronze accents, floor to ceiling windows, Valet Service and a Starbucks coffee bar, patients and visitors may forget they are actually at a hospital and instead at a resort. The building utilizes a slew of sustainable energy technologies to help with the building’s energy efficiency and has been registered to achieve LEED-Silver certification.
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