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US Oncology HEB Cancer Center
Texas Oncology provides community-based cancer treatment across the entire state of Texas. This project involved a 40,000-square-foot tenant improvement of a shell medical office building comprised of a breast center suite and radiation and medical oncology suite. The new 25-chair infusion center with a central nurse station provides an open patient care environment with views of a healing garden and abundant access to natural light, and facilitates communication with caregivers.
Caregivers are supported by a new pharmacy with clean room constructed to USP 797 standards, as well as a new clinical trial research space. Here, patients have immediate access to medications prepared specifically for their treatment plans and access to the latest treatment options.
A vault addition houses a new high energy linear accelerator and high dose radiation equipment. RS&H collaborated with a physicist to provide adequate shielding barriers for each medical modality. Caregivers for radiation therapy and treatment planning were consulted on the design parameters, resulting in a space that improves the efficiency of treatment procedures.
The existing radiation suite also included a CT scanner, shared by the breast center, for treatment planning. The project included a new covered walkway providing a direct connection between the facility and the location of a mobile PET scanner that is periodically on site. Ensuring the appearance of the covered walkway tied in with the structure was essential to this project.
The developer challenged the team with integrating LED lighting fixtures and lighting control package with the building management system. RS&H selected fixtures to meet the developer’s requirements, while also providing commitment to the practice’s desire to create a spa-like atmosphere.