To improve outpatient services for its patients, Pocono Medical Center engaged EwingCole to program, plan and design a new 60,000 square foot ambulatory care facility directly across the street from the main hospital. The new building is connected by a sky walk to the third floor of the hospital.
The primary programs are cancer care and diagnostic imaging, including two linear accelerators, chemotherapy infusion, pharmacy, CT and PET/CT. Physician practice groups include radiation oncology, medical oncology, surgical oncology and radiology. The building is designed to accommodate both outpatients and inpatients. Future program growth may be accommodated by fitting out shell space, and by constructing another three stories: the building is engineered for vertical expansion.
The L-shaped building wraps a garden that becomes the focal visual experience for all visitors as they enter and move throughout the building. The garden features a stream, native plantings and glacial boulders unique to the Pocono Mountain ecosystem. The undulating forms of the garden - as well as real boulders, trees and water - continue inside the building’s lobby. A slender, three-story atrium frames the garden, admits abundant light, and serves as the central circulation space. This continual connection to nature aspires to contribute to the therapeutic experience for patients by easing their stress and providing a beautiful setting for care.
In deliberate contrast to these sinuous natural forms, the exterior’s taut white planes and glassy surfaces indicate a place of sophisticated scientific advancement. The goal was to create a forward-looking yet compassionate facility that communicates Pocono Medical Center’s patient-centered mission and healthcare leadership in northeastern Pennsylvania.
This project received the 2012 Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects, 2012 Mid-Atlantic Best Project – Award of Merit from Engineering News Record and the 2012 Excellence in Structural Engineering – Outstanding Project Award from Delaware Valley Association of Structural Engineers (DVASE).