Three cancer centers in the Seattle area owe their patient-centered design to the Seattle office of international architecture and design firm Perkins+Will. The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the True Family Women’s Cancer Center have recently been completed and the Swedish/Edmonds Cancer Center is currently under construction. All three showcase the work of designers dedicated to creating nurturing environments that emphasize a holistic approach to wellness.
Perkins+Will worked with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, one of the world’s leading centers devoted to the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer, to renovate more than 130,000 square feet across five floors, creating a space that is healthier, more sustainable, and that better supports the work taking place in its labs, conference areas and offices. The center, reopened to patients in the fall of 2012, features dramatic architectural elements including a strong color palette of vibrant reds, full height monolithic glass throughout the building, and a V-shaped circulation corridor running the entire length of the building.
“Unfortunately, almost all of us have had a loved one battle cancer. To be able to create spaces that promote wellness for patients and offer a place of healing for them and their families is an honor,” said Perkins+Will Seattle Managing Director Kay Kornovich.
Earlier this year, the Perkins+Will-designed True Family Women’s Cancer Center, part of Swedish Medical Center, opened its doors to the public. This center, the first of its kind in Washington State, seeks to redefine the traditional gender-neutral approach to treating women with cancer to one that is more integrated and coordinated, bringing together leading specialists, nutritionists, educators, naturopathic doctors, and even art therapists to provide comprehensive care for women and their loved ones. The integration of wood and other natural materials with soft lighting, comfortable furniture, a calming color palette, appropriate signage and an extensive art program help to make the space timeless and comfortable while reducing anxiety for patients and their families.
In addition to these recently completed projects, Perkins+Will Seattle is working with Swedish Medical Center’s Edmonds Campus to develop a different kind of cancer center using flexible, adaptable and sustainable prefabricated units to create the structure. Swedish broke ground on the project in November 2012 and it is expected to open April 2013. The accelerated timeframe for construction demonstrates both the urgency of the need for the new Swedish/Edmonds center as well as the possibilities inherent with modular design.
Established in 1935, Perkins+Will is an international interdisciplinary architecture and design firm founded on the belief that design has the power to transform lives and enhance society. With a staff of 1,500 in 24 locations worldwide, the firm serves clients across a broad range of project types and grounds its work in deep research. Perkins+Will ranks among the world’s top design firms and is the recipient of hundreds of awards. Social responsibility is fundamental to the firm’s outlook, work, and culture, and every year Perkins+Will donates one percent of its design services to non-profit organizations. With pioneering tools to advance sustainable design practices, the largest green building portfolio in North America, and a commitment to the 2030 Challenge, Perkins+Will is recognized as one of the industry’s preeminent sustainable design firms. For more information, visit: www.perkinswill.com.