Millennium Cancer Treatment Center
McMillan Pazdan Smith
Located on an ambulatory campus, the St. Francis Cancer Center houses multi-specialty cancer diagnostics and treatment spaces along with retail, educational, and ancillary support services. Built in the International style on a
high-tech campus, the challenge became to re-interpret the campus’s modern industrial theme into a warm healing environment. Rivercane, a native plant, was a common bio-filter and habitat along rivers prior to agriculture practices.
The idea of establishing a canebrake for the center’s entrance led to the use of rivercane images as a pattern on the entry tower to reduce glare and decrease solar transmission for energy efficiency. Natural, durable, sustainable materials–wood, stone, glass, concrete– were used to create an inside-outside sensibility. The color palette of neutrals and greens produces a calming effect. Emphasis was placed on fostering an empowered and comfortable experience for patients and families while supporting a multidisciplinary, collaborative medical team and the latest technologies.
While still respecting the modern roots to its surroundings, this solution does indeed inject more natural, soothing, humanistic elements in a well thought-out, cohesive design. (David Stone)
Great use of exterior view/daylight. Acknowledges agricultural context creatively. Modernist aesthetic is tempered by use of wood and local natural images. (Michael Dudek)
- Gorgeous. Sophisticated project
- Wonderful mix of warm and cool elements – but doesn’t feel harsh/cold/uninviting
- Nice varied use of materials
- Clean, organized space – great use of floor to ceiling lighting and glass planes
- Great features in lighting and materials