At a special celebration held as part of the Society of American Registered Architects’ National Conference of Architecture and Design awards ceremony, held on October 12 in St. Louis, members from Cannon Design’s St. Louis office stepped up to the podium to accept awards for three of the firm’s winning designs for healthcare: the Tata Medical Centre, Cancer Hospital in Kolkata, India, the University of Arizona Medical Center, Behavioral Health Pavilion and Crisis Response Center in Tucson, Ariz., and the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert, Ariz.
In the International category, Tata Medical Centre, Cancer Hospital was recognized with the highest honor, a Design Award of Excellence. With a mission and mandate to provide quality healthcare, education, and research to the people of India, the Tata Medical Centre offers a high level of world-class cancer care—housing groundbreaking cancer research, training the next generation of India’s physicians and clinicians, and transforming the lives of many people. The Centre also creates a physical environment that nourishes and uplifts the spirits of both children and adults as they endure the physiological and psychological stresses of cancer treatment.
Receiving a Design Award of Merit in the Institutional category, the University of Arizona Medical Center, Behavioral Health Pavilion and Crisis Response Center provides critical support and relief for local law enforcement agencies. Comprised of a secure 96 bed psychiatric hospital with an integral county courtroom, and a Crisis Response Center with a 24-hour call center, the facility is organized around a shared sallyport which provides a secure circulation zone for medical staff, law enforcement, courtroom personnel, and patient transfers. The Center provides a normalized patient environment that balances the rigorous safety and security requirements of a mental health facility with the clinicians’ goal of creating an environment that promotes healing and rehabilitation.
Also in the institutional category, the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center came home with SARA’s Design Award of Honor. The Center merges a partnership of two missions to greatly expand metropolitan Phoenix’s oncology care services into a single comprehensive campus that facilitates a multidisciplinary approach to cancer diagnostics and treatment. With a design that merges the “high tech” world of medicine with the “high touch” needs of cancer patients to provide customized, holistic care, the three-floor building focuses on outpatient care, with a unique environment incorporating natural light, artwork, water features and views of nature. At the north entry, an iconic four-story Lantern of Hope clad in aluminum panels cut in a leaves-and-branches pattern over a white fabric scrim, is illuminated at night in colors corresponding to the different cancer disease awareness groups.