When the Sarah Cannon Research Institute needed a new space that could accommodate a large oncology center, the organization called on Gresham Smith to design their latest cutting-edge cancer care center. Located at the City View Medical Plaza in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee, the Centennial Medical Center Oncology Medical Office Building is bringing advanced cancer diagnostics and research to a centralized location, providing convenient access for patients and their support systems.

The medical office building centralized a vast range of health care departments, including a patient treatment clinic, lab, pharmacy, administrative suite, exam rooms, infusion bays, physician offices and more. Enhancing Sarah Cannon’s brand as a global leader in cancer research and care, the facility creates a welcoming patient experience.


Sarah Cannon Research Institute


Nashville, TN

Project Type



square feet


exam rooms


infusion bays

Location is Everything

Location is Everything

Cancer treatments often take significant time and energy, so it was important to Sarah Cannon that their facility be centrally located to reduce travel distances. Not only is the City View Medical Plaza near Music City’s iconic Centennial Park, but the building’s second floor is solely dedicated to cancer treatment and care, reducing walking distances for patients.
Vibrant, Elegant, Energetic

Vibrant, Elegant, Energetic

To create a truly memorable experience for patients, the main corridor that stretches from the clinic entry to the various treatment and support spaces features continuous clerestory windows that flood the space with natural light. All of the finishes, decorative lighting fixtures, and furniture reflect a hospitality setting. A wood-look vaulted ceiling with delicate, gold pendants sprinkled throughout gives the feeling of an upscale hotel.
Going Custom

Going Custom

Gresham Smith and Sarah Cannon had previously collaborated on five projects, setting an enterprise-wide vision that elevates the institute’s brand and reinforces the high standard of care provided. For this project, custom casework at each bay helps maintain a home-like aesthetic, while also meeting the needs of the staff. Decorative, semi-transparent glass between infusion bays helps to create a sense of privacy and metal tapered legs on the casework allow for easy cleaning.
Able to Change

Able to Change

Knowing that the needs of Sarah Cannon staff and patients will evolve over time as cancer care advances, the space is designed to adapt over time. The clinic spaces feature demountable partitions and doors that can be moved, re-panelized or refinished, and the research spaces feature workstations with modular furniture and open chassis, which will allow the spaces to be reconfigured to meet future demands.



“Sarah Cannon’s new, collaborative and transformative space at City View Medical Plaza was designed to support our mission of bringing cutting-edge therapies to patients closer to home. Gresham Smith has helped us define a design process and aesthetic that supports innovative research in a comfortable and welcoming space for patients.”


-Mary Garges, Senior Project Manager at Sarah Cannon Research Institute


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