Sauer Incorporated


Jacksonville, FL




Architecture, Interior Design, Experiential Design and Wayfinding

Cancer Specialists of North Florida (CSNF) has provided quality cancer care to the Jacksonville community for more than 30 years. After growing to eleven locations, CSNF tasked Gresham Smith with designing an easily replicable facility prototype to serve as its new brand standard. Offering two footprint options, the new outpatient archetype improves operational efficiency while providing a comfortable care in a cutting-edge environment.

exterior of the facility at night

The first implementations of the facility prototype are the 12,100-square-foot Southpoint cancer treatment facility and the 17,600-square-foot Fleming Island facility. Both were designed with future expansion in mind to accommodate radiation oncology, medical oncology and diagnostic imaging services. Each includes a linear accelerator with the ability to add a second vault, a CT simulator, exam rooms, a procedure room, a laboratory, a modular pharmacy, infusion therapy and staff support spaces.

the facility’s lobby and waiting room

Our goal was to welcome the patient with a feeling of hospitality, which starts in the main waiting area and extends throughout the building. An efficient layout with a sub-waiting area adjacent to the lobby requires less seating in the main waiting room, improves the turnaround time for exam rooms, and minimizes backtracking as patients and staff move through the facility.

linear accelerator treatment room
chairs in an open chemotherapy treatment room

The warmth of natural materials featured in the waiting areas was introduced into the linear accelerator space. Wood walls, backlit artwork and adjustable lighting create a soothing ambiance to help the patient relax during their procedure. A large, well-lit chemotherapy infusion area lets patients interact during treatment if desired while a private room is also available. An adjoining modular pharmacy allows patients to watch pharmacy technicians prepare their chemotherapy and other treatments in a glass-walled space with a high-tech, modern look.

exterior entry sign illuminated at night

Stacked stone and faux wood wrapped around structural steel give the exteriors a universal look and feel of heavy timber construction without the related costs—an aesthetic that can easily translate to different sites across the region. Both our interior and exterior designs position CSNF’s new facility model as both sophisticated and personal to assure cancer patients they are in the best possible hands for effective, nurturing medical care.