October 01, 2015 | Miami, Florida | Projects
Gresham, Smith and Partners, a leading multi-disciplinary design and consulting firm for the built environment, is proud to announce the completion of the Innovative Cancer Institute
in South Miami. The 61,500-square-foot, four-story radiation and cancer treatment facility includes a clinical area, offices and open-air parking garage. The Innovative Cancer Institute is located on the building’s first floor and features a new Varian Edge™ radiotherapy system, a first-of-its-kind technology in the state of Florida.
“The Innovative Cancer Institute is the work of a collaborative team with an unwavering focus on providing patients with a positive, healing environment and the very latest in cancer treatment. GS&P has created an inspired, modern facility that helps us embrace the most advanced, sophisticated technology. We are proud to serve the South Florida community, as well as domestic and international patients. Our team is dedicated to changing lives one at a time with exceptional, personalized care,” said Dr. Beatriz E. Amendola, M.D. at the Innovative Cancer Institute.
“It’s been a tremendous experience for our design team to create this next-generation cancer-treatment facility,” said Luis J. Cano, AIA, senior healthcare principal at Gresham, Smith and Partners. “We worked closely with the center’s leaders to understand the unique needs of their patients and provide the technological tools and healing environment that will support restored health. GS&P is confident that our design reflects the quality of care offered by the Innovative Cancer Institute to the residents of South Florida.”
The building is styled with sleek, progressive features that complement the emerging South Miami neighborhood. Aluminum cladding, frosted and clear glass, brushed metal signage and a smooth-texture white stucco finish distinguish the exterior. Eye-catching interior features such as art collections, waiting-area landscaping and views to lush gardens generate interest and alleviate anxiety. Neutral, contemporary offices and clinical areas contribute to a calming aesthetic.
The Varian Edge™ system is among the world’s most advanced radiotherapy/radiosurgery technologies. It delivers flexible cancer treatments and tumor-destroying radiation for a variety of cancer types with pinpoint accuracy and precision, ease and speed, while protecting surrounding healthy tissue. The equipment is housed in a Veritas radiation-shielded treatment vault constructed with stackable ultra-high-density VeriShield™ concrete blocks, a groundbreaking Veritas ShieldTech™ entry door and modular interior finishes. The Innovative Cancer Institute’s other treatment technologies include brachytherapy, conformal therapy, IMRT, IGRT, and RapidArc™; as well as a dedicated 64-slice wide-bore “state-of-the-art” Siemens CT scanner for radiation treatment planning. Dr. Amendola and her team are nationally and internationally known for their innovative work using radiosurgery for lung, liver and spine cancer and advanced brachytherapy for breast cancer using accelerated partial breast irradiation.
GS&P specializes in providing collaborative and creative healthcare design solutions – in the U.S. and abroad – that meet the needs of today and the demands of tomorrow. The staff uses research and a solid understanding of industry issues and trends to create innovative healthcare facilities that profoundly impact the patient experience, staff satisfaction and overall delivery of care. Last month, GS&P expanded its South Florida presence by opening a new office in Miami and relocating its Hollywood office to downtown Fort Lauderdale. The firm has recently completed design services for the University of Miami’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
as well as the Marcus Neuroscience Institute Addition and Imaging Renovation
for Boca Raton Regional Hospital in Boca Raton, Fla.