Moffitt Cancer Center – South Expansion

  • Orlando Lopez-Isa

    Orlando Lopez-Isa AIA, LEED AP

    Senior Vice President Contact
Tampa, FL, USA

Located on the University of South Florida (USF) campus, Moffitt Cancer Center needed additional space to meet the medical demands of the growing community. The nationally recognized cancer treatment and research facility solicited GS&P to provide design and planning services for the new south expansion project.

GS&P collaborated with the owner to design a new 107,500-square-foot, four-story medical facility. The project includes a 10,000-square-foot radiation oncology center addition along with 3,000 square feet for two new linear accelerator vaults on the first floor; 10,000 square feet of clinical lab space on the second floor; a 36,000-square-foot, 36-bed bone marrow transplant unit on the third and fourth floors; and a 44,000-square-foot, three-story faculty office addition.

The 36 patient rooms feature patient lifts; a handrail that leads from the bed to the toilet; large windows; monolithic, cleanable materials to reduce infection; and a family area that includes a sleeper sofa and desk. The 10,000-square-foot clinical laboratory space is designed as a large, open space that incorporates specimen processing, as well as blood bank, hematology and chemistry focuses. The layout of the clinical laboratory encourages efficient communication between staff of various disciplines. The radiation oncology addition added two new linear accelerator vaults, support spaces for the vaults, exam rooms and a gowned waiting area, and revised the department’s registration. The new faculty offices border the expansion, which allows for better staff circulation to the hospital.

GS&P worked within the constraints of the existing cancer center’s footprint to create a comfortable healing environment, designed to improve the family experience and staff efficiency. For example, separate shower facilities and a family lounge are located directly outside each unit to allow patient and family privacy. The existing cancer center’s footprint facilitated larger patient rooms and angled headwalls, giving the patient better outdoor visibility. Room setup also provides staff with better visibility of the patient by locating outboard toilets as well as charting directly outside the rooms.

To keep germs from immune-compromised patients, the cancer center’s entire bone marrow transplant unit is in “positive pressure” to the remainder of the hospital. HEPA filtration is also used in the air supply to insure air purity for patients. These filters sit outside the unit so they can be changed regularly without maintenance staff entering the sterile environment.

The last major building to complete the Moffitt Cancer Center on the USF campus, the south expansion integrates seamlessly with existing operations, and enables the institution to better service its faculty, patients and their families. The project was named among the “Best of the Best” in the 2009 Tampa Bay Chapter NAIOP awards.

“The expansion enables us to better service our faculty, patients and their families in support of our mission to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.”

Dean Head, Vice President of Facilities and Construction Services, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
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