Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Brooklyn Infusion Center – Brooklyn, NY
Project category: Remodel/Renovation (completed October 2010)
Chief administrator: Suzen Heeley, Director of Design and Construction, (212) 639-856
Firm: ZGF Architects LLP, (503) 224-3860
Design team: Jan Willemse, Partner-in-Charge; Sharron van der Meulen, Principal Interior Designer; Matthew Fleck, Senior Designer; Michael O’Meara, Project Architect
Photography: John Bartelstone Photography; Chun Y Lai
Total building area (sq. ft.): 7,745
Construction cost/sq. ft.: $452
Total construction cost (excluding land): $3,500,000
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center sought to develop a chemotherapy infusion center that streamlines and enhances the patient care experience. The resulting Brooklyn Infusion Center reduces patient wait times, offers patients choices in many aspects of the treatment process, and is conveniently located in a residential neighborhood. The concept makes patients “chemo-ready” by performing blood work and other screening procedures the day before in MSKCC’s Manhattan facilities.
There is no traditional waiting room in the Brooklyn Infusion Center; patients are met by a staff member in the lobby, or use a self check-in monitor, and move directly into a private treatment pod. A novel chemotherapy chair in the treatment pods includes a chair-mounted touch-screen interactive system that enables patients to call a nurse, get work or shopping done on the Internet or make videophone calls with friends and family.
A “Central Garden” forms the heart of the facility, inspired by New York’s urban “pocket parks” with a series of zones designed for a variety of interaction intensities. These zones include conversation areas, a library, and a communal “farm table” area that allows for shared activities. These social spaces are provided for times that patients feel well enough to be outside of their treatment pods and choose to gather with caregivers and other patients.
A Community Gallery is located at the street frontage to serve as a visible neighborhood resource for health advocacy presentations, and it doubles as gallery space for artists and patients.