Donley's IC recently completed work with Perspectus Architecture on the renovation for this inpatient oncology unit located on the 7th floor of Horvitz Tower, the main facility for Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. The unit serves infants to young adults for treatment of cancer. The renovation includes a complete interior demolition of all finishes and mechanical infrastructure.
There are 21 individual patient rooms that are protective environment spaces to reduce the need for patients to wear protective clothing. Family gathering areas are protected environments as well. Due to the nature of these environments and the need for high air change over, a new air handling unit was added to help support the existing building's mechanical infrastructure.
The patient length of stay in the unit varies and may be as long as six months. As such, parents and siblings often stay overnight with their family members who are patients. Support spaces include a kitchen, teen area, and child play area that encourage patients and families to leave their private rooms and interact with others as part of the healing process.
Prefabrication for the Cancer Center includes patient room headwalls, pictured on the left. Specialty curved or unit ceiling systems were also prefabricated off-site into units. These were then brought into the project and assembled in place. This reduced the amount of raw material on-site, leading to more working room and faster installation. The use of 3D modeling enabled this approach.