University of California, Davis Health System


UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center Expansion

“… an absolutely gorgeous building… when we walk through the new building every day we say "WOW, this is really beautiful and our patients could not agree more.”

—Jeanine Stiles, Chief Administrative Officer


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. SmithGroupJJR delivered a design solution that successfully merged these programs while improving the patient experience.

One of only 41 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. The project fuses state-of-the-art cancer center amenities with features to support the healing process: a patient resource center, indoor and outdoor play spaces, a new courtyard and lobby links old and new to create a comprehensive center.

The center’s design exceeds stringent California energy codes by about 20 percent. For patient health, indoor air quality was monitored both during and after construction. In addition, the project was designed in a phased approach to minimize disruptions to the operations of the existing facility.

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