Project category: Project in progress (March 2009)

Chief administrator: Joel Wernick, President and CEO, (229) 312-4100

Firm: PageSoutherlandPage, (214) 522-3900

Design team: Mattia Flabiano, AIA, Principal; Eric Kuehmeier, AIA, Project Manager; Josh A. Theodore, ACHE, Medical Planner; Kris Walsh, IIDA, LEED, Interior Designer (PageSoutherlandPage); Richard Graham, PE, MEP Engineer (Envision Advantage, LLC); John Smart, PE, Structural Engineer (Lindsey & Ritter, Inc.)

Total building area (sq. ft.): 170,000

Construction cost/sq. ft.: $235

Total construction cost (excluding land): $40,000,000


The design of the Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Cancer Center recognizes that a culture of interaction, peacefulness, and patient/family centered care can increase the odds of recovery in the patient's favor. This expansion of one of the busiest cancer centers in the Southeast is scheduled to be complete in 2009.

The Cancer Center uses the most sophisticated forms of treatment available, combined with a total patient-care approach that targets the needs of the patient and family, as well as the demands of the disease. The expansion will increase the efficiency of how services are delivered, provide a significant and recognizable building for the patients, and create a regional data and research center in support of all areas of oncology.

The new 170,000-sq.-ft. facility consolidates and expands programs that were dispersed throughout the campus, including space for clinical care, basic research, cancer prevention and control, a hotel for traveling patients and their families, and administrative departments. This center of excellence, which treats more than 1,300 new cases annually, is in clinical and academic partnership with Duke University, the Georgia Cancer Coalition, and the Medical College of Georgia.

The center's design creates space to bring in the newest proven technologies, and will increase the ability to attract pharmaceutical-based research opportunities. The building is designed with a basement (Plaza Level) and five floors above grade for a total of six floors. The mixed-use facility serves multiple healthcare services. Plaza and first floors are dedicated to Hematology/Oncology examinations, treatments, consultations, and laboratory testing. The second floor provides for an independent center for Women's Breast Health and expansion space for the existing Outpatient Surgery recovery center. The third and fourth floors will house spaces for physicians' offices and clinical research studies. The fifth and top floor is reserved for a 24-room hotel to accommodate patients with early morning surgeries or receiving cancer treatments over an extended period of time.