UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center Expansion
Hoping to meet increased demand while integrating cancer care and research programs, UC Davis required a new wing that would bring pediatric and adult patients, clinicians and researchers under one roof. SmithGroup delivered a design solution that successfully merged the cancer care and research programs while improving the patient experience.
University of California, Davis Health System
Academic Medicine, Ambulatory Care, Architecture, Cancer Care, Health, Interiors, Medical Planning, Programming, Translational Health Sciences, Women's & Children's Health
Honor Award Heal Category, IIDA San Francisco, 2014
One of only 49 NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the U.S., the expanded Cancer Center now has an entire floor dedicated to pediatrics. Merging the pediatric and adult clinics into a single facility improves continuity of care for adolescents and young adults. State-of-the-art cancer care is fused with amenities that support the healing process: a patient resource center, indoor and outdoor play spaces, a new courtyard, and lobby. An enclosed bridge links old and new to create a comprehensive center with all the healing elements that comfort patients.
Co-locating the pediatric and adult functions uncovered some unexpected programming issues. The expanded center can now support much-needed trials for the pediatric population, which pharmaceutical firms under-invest in because young patients are such a small part of the cancer population.
The center is better poised than ever to facilitate “longitudinal progression,” the transitions that young cancer survivors encounter as they progress through pediatric, adolescent, young adult and adult levels of primary and follow-up care. Children return to the same familiar surroundings and friendly faces as they mature.
The center not only has upwards of 70% more space, increasing from approximately 64,000 to 110,000 square feet, it also has created new synergies in research, easier transitions for children as they mature and the framework for a range of future specialized clinics.