Project category: New construction (completed January 2011)
Firms: ZGF Architects LLP, (202) 380-3120; Miller Dyer Spears Inc., (617) 338-5350
Design team: MEP Engineering (Bard Rao + Athanas Consulting Engineers); Structural Engineering (Simon Design Engineering); Landscape Architect for the Healing Garden (Carol R. Johnson Associates, Inc.); Lighting Design (Fisher Marantz Stone); Civil Engineering (Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.); Contractor (Walsh Brothers, Inc.)
Photography: Chuck Choi Architectural Photography; Peter Vanderwarker Photographer
Total building area (sq. ft.): 285,000
Construction cost/sq. ft.: $474
Total construction cost (excluding land): $325,000,000
ZGF, in association with Miller Dyer Spears, designed Dana-Farber’s newest clinical facility and new signature image. The 285,000 SF building provides space over 14 floors for 100 exam rooms, 150 infusion chairs, an expanded clinical research center, and public services for dining, retail and quiet reflection. The facility also includes seven levels of underground parking with connections to other Dana-Farber buildings that link to affiliated hospitals, bringing research and clinical staff into close proximity. Dana-Farber’s primary goal for the Yawkey Center was to create a state-of-the-art clinical building that promotes personalized, multidisciplinary, safe, respectful and compassionate cancer care for patients and families in a healing environment. Other goals were to stimulate translation of research into the care of patients, optimize flexibility and utility of space, streamline the flow of patients and materials, minimize wait and treatment times, foster productivity and collaboration of staff, and create a new front entrance and presence. The project has achieved a LEED-Gold rating and served as a pilot in the Green Guide for Healthcare v2.2 initiative.