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Light therapy: a new Cleveland Clinic cancer center turns to natural daylight and views to enhance the patient experience.

Light and bright defines a new cancer center being built by Cleveland Clinic at its 168-acre main campus in Cleveland, thanks to the generous use of glass facades filling the building with daylight.

Glass at the north and south ends of the 377,000-square-foot facility, in addition to careful planning of internal spaces, together fill patient corridors, infusion rooms, care stations, team workrooms, and even an off-stage stairwell with natural light. A skylight is used to brighten lower-level radiation spaces.

The glass also affords plenty of views to nature, too, on the site that faces one of the campus's major green spaces, while the ground floor features a meditation room with access to an outdoor garden.

With a goal of consolidating cancer services in one location, the project, designed by William Rawn Associates Architects Inc. as design architect and Stantec as architect-of-record, supports a multidisciplinary approach to cancer treatment. It includes 126 exam rooms, 98 infusion bays, six linear accelerators, and seven procedure rooms.

The first floor is home to a lab and retail pharmacy sited near the entrance for easy access upon arrival and departure as well as other patient-centric services, such as a wig boutique, massages, prosthetics services, and make-up application.

Construction on the $276 million project started in September 2014 and is expected to be completed in early 2017.

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Title Annotation:FIRST LOOK
Author:Silvis, Jennifer Kovacs
Publication:Healthcare Design
Date:Jan 1, 2015
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