Thanks to an expanded and upgraded renovation, the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has significantly increased its ability to provide specialized care at the new 64,000-square-foot Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Designed by Heery International, the center, taking up two floors inside the Pomerantz Family Pavilion, offers much more space with expanded clinic and infusion bay areas, including 37 exam rooms, two procedure rooms, and 40 infusion suite chairs, eight of which are in private rooms. Lined with wood paneling and trim, each patient is provided with individualized shading controls for increased comfort.
A new pneumatic tube system reduces waiting time by delivering samples to the lab in just two minutes, as compared to 13, while a new on-site pharmacy adds another convenience for patients.
The center also features a larger, more centralized research space to better support the volume of clinical trials conducted at the clinic.
A couple of interesting engineering aspects include extensive LED lighting and the team’s ability to capitalize on existing ductwork to boost HVAC efficiencies in the new space.
“Due to decreasing initial costs of LED technology and exceptional energy efficiency, the hospital chose this means of providing illumination in public spaces to lower the total life cycle cost of the infrastructure,” says Heery Project Manager Phillip Nussbaum.
When it came to extending the existing mechanical equipment, the building team performed an in-depth analysis of the existing ductwork. “The study identified three locations where modifications to the ductwork components would greatly increase the existing air handlers’ capacity,” Nussbaum says. “Improvements were made and savings were captured, allowing the infrastructure to decrease energy use while increasing the volume of space served.”
Because the renovated space occupies two levels of an existing building, construction had to take place after hours—between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m., and on the weekends—as to not disrupt ongoing clinic operations.
“All material and equipment deliveries were also brought to the construction area after hours through a back area to keep the front entrance clear of all construction,” Nussbaum adds.
Some other noteworthy design features include a skywalk, decorated by artwork and surrounded by beautiful views. In addition, a healing garden provides a place of respite, and a fireplace and built-in aquarium create a warm environment inside the center.
“It has always been our goal to deliver world-class care to our patients,” states John Buatti, M.D., Holden’s deputy director for clinical cancer care. “Now we can deliver it in an environment that is comfortable and comforting, safe and efficient, and truly designed to put the patient at the center of this team.”