Renovation Completed at Award-winning D’Amour Center for Cancer Care
Post by Ryan Gorscak, AIA, LEED AP—Associate
Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the Baystate D’Amour Center for Cancer Care, designed by Steffian Bradley Architects, has received numerous design awards since opening in January 2004, most notably the American Society of Healthcare Engineering VISTA Team Award and the Healthcare Design Magazine Architectural Review Citation of Merit. In November 2012, Baystate realized the need to renovate an underutilized café space. Baystate employed Steffian Bradley Architect’s (SBA) to look at more efficient options for utilizing the space.
The Adult Oncology Clinic needed additional exam room space, so SBA and Baystate looked at several programs for expanding the clinic. These options were test fit within the existing consult and social worker offices. The original plan was to build several new exam rooms, but it was determined early during schematic design that would not be the most efficient use of the space and the budget. The solution was to transform the café space into three new interview/consult rooms, allowing for more exam room space in the adult oncology clinic. The separate consult rooms could be shared with other departments, increasing efficiencies and flexibility.
The next design challenge was to blend the 1,545 sqft renovations into the original, award-winning design. Both SBA and Baystate wanted the renovations to feel seamless within the existing architecture. A major design concept was the access to natural light within the space from clerestory glazing, while also maintaining acoustical and visual privacy. Also, because of the public location of the consult rooms, it was important to provide a discreet entrance from the high-traffic elevator lobby and a private sub-waiting area directly outside of the rooms for family members and patients.
Despite unforeseen construction challenges with existing plumbing, the second floor renovations came in $10,000 under the anticipated $242,304 budget at $231,463.
Before the second floor renovations, this space was underutilized.
After three consult rooms had been added.
SBA Project Team
Principal in Charge
Kirsten Waltz, AIA, EDAC, ACHA, LEED AP
Project Manager/ Designer
Ryan Gorscak, AIA, LEED AP