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The University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center

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Morgan Day, Hanley Wood

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The University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center


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20,000 sq. meters


The University of Arizona


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The University of Arizona Cancer Center and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center have partnered to build a new Comprehensive Cancer Center on the Phoenix Biomedical campus. The facility is designed by ZGF Architects LLP (ZGF) / Hensel Phelps as part of a Design-Build. The building represents the first installation of chilled beams in Phoenix, and the first clinical application in Arizona. Utilizing Evidence-Based Design principles to create a healing environment, the facility was designed to accommodate the program requirements for multi-specialty cancer care while enhancing the user experience. Placing infusion bays on the north side of the building also provides patients with views of Camelback Mountain while receiving treatments. Te building’s base and interior public spaces, both clad in travertine stone, connect the exterior and interior environment and give the architecture a natural quality and connection to its desert environment. The building, registered to achieve LEED-Silver certification, also incorporates a number of sustainable strategies for efficient building performance.

The Medical Center is one of only 45 comprehensive cancer centers in the nation, receiving the industry’s highest designation reserved for centers focusing on patient care as well as basic and clinical research, prevention, education, outreach and training.National Cancer Institute (NCI) facilities are dedicated to fighting cancer through groundbreaking research and the Center’s goal is to have every patient ultimately enrolled in a clinical trial. Launched in August, the Center is already being seen as a leader in treatment and research of women’s cancers (breast, ovarian), men’s cancers (prostate), gastrointestinal cancers (colon, pancreas and liver), lymphoma and skin cancers.

The new modern five-story, 220,000-square-foot facility in downtown Phoenix looks more like a high end hotel than it does a cancer center with an elegantly designed lobby, floor to ceiling windows with built in environmental shades that open and close depending on the movement of the sun, Valet Service and a Starbucks coffee bar. The architectural style is impressive and sleek with bronze finishes throughout the facility. Be sure when visiting to take a walk through the relaxing desert setting Healing Garden which makes you forget you’re in downtown Phoenix.
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