Novant Health Cancer Center

  • David L. King

    David L. King AIA, NCARB

    Division Vice President, Dallas/Richmond/Charlotte Contact
Novant Health solicited GS&P to provide architectural design services to bring a much-needed outpatient radiation therapy center to Gainesville, Virginia. Prior to construction of this new cancer center, surrounding communities had to travel to Washington, D.C. for treatment. The new cancer center—strategically located in an upscale, planned community in Northern Virginia—provides patients a more localized facility that combines comprehensive treatment with medical oncology and radiation therapy. 

The new 20,000-square-foot facility presented two key challenges for the design team: it needed to serve as a non-institutional healing environment, while fitting seamlessly into the surrounding landscape. In response to these two key challenges, GS&P drew inspiration from local home designs and the surrounding terrain to create a restorative interior that accomplished the client’s aesthetic vision while meeting the functional needs of the project.

To make the experience of visiting the cancer center less intimidating, the design team incorporated an Arts-and-Crafts theme throughout the facility. Adding to the home-like environment, a large fireplace was designed for the main lobby, and mission-style furniture was integrated throughout the interiors.

Providing the community with unparalleled cancer care services, Novant Health Cancer Center features a linear accelerator with intensity modulated radiation therapy; a CT scanner; five medical exam rooms; physician offices; clinical support space; and consultation rooms. The facility’s design allows for a future 5,000-square-foot expansion to accommodate a second linear vault, and Phase 2 of the project will expand the center’s medical oncology services.
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