HCD Expo Tour: Lakeland Regional Health Hollis Cancer Center
The Healthcare Design Expo & Conference tours on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, gave attendees the opportunity to visit Lakeland Regional Health Hollis Cancer Center in Lakeland, Fla.
Lakeland Regional engaged HuntonBrady Architects (Orlando, Fla.) in 2014 to transform the interior and exterior of the cancer center, which was originally built in 2003.
The $9 million renovation project took one-and-half years to complete and included 40 infusion stations, a comprehensive chemotherapy suite, a new 250-seat auditorium, radiation oncology expansion (one linear accelerator), and an overhaul of public and waiting areas, entrances, and surface parking.
Hollis Cancer Center features evidence-based design elements with a focus on patient-centered care and education. One of the most important goals of the design team was to collaborate with the physicians, nursing staff, and hospital administrators.
The interior design brightens the central lobby and promenade with natural light from the clerestory windows as well as enlarged photography of local flower species. Lakeland Regional wanted a design that brings in the existing oak trees and allows patients to experience the view from the infusion and prefunction spaces through floor-to-ceiling glass windows. HuntonBrady found a solution to the client’s challenge of creating an undulating exterior wall so that all stations have an unobstructed view. Pods of six infusion stations are rotated for better sightlines, and the bar was bent to create a wrinkle instead of a straight line. A screened porch offers an outdoor experience for patients during treatments.
Support services such as chemotherapy, radiation oncology, medical oncology, neurosurgery, lab, and food spaces were placed on the interior behind the infusion area to separate functions and in consideration of the sensory sensitivities patients might experience when they come to the center for treatment.
Owner: Lakeland Regional Health
Architect/Interior design: HuntonBrady Architects P.A.
Auditorium interior architect: Furr & Wegman
Structural engineer: McElroy Engineering
MEP engineer: TLC Engineering for Architecture
Contractor: Rodda Construction
Owner's representative: Stantec