Juror says of Cancer Center: “I see hope here.”

Philadelphia, PA (October 2012) –  EwingCole, one of the nation’s leading architecture, engineering, and interior design firms, is pleased to announce that two of the firm’s healthcare projects have each won awards in ENR’s  Best Projects of the Mid-Atlantic program and in the AIA Philadelphia Design Awards program.  The AIA awards were bestowed on Oct 10; the ENR awards will be given at a Baltimore reception on December 11.

“The diverse criteria of the AIA and ENR reflect the design and engineering excellence that we aspire to as an integrated A/E/I firm,” said Mark Hebden, AIA, president.

The winning projects are the Dale & Frances Hughes Cancer Center at Pocono Medical Center in East Stroudsburg, PA, and the Phase 2 Pavilion of the Kent Campus Expansion at Bayhealth Medical Center in Dover, DE.

Dale & Frances Hughes Cancer Center, Pocono Medical Center

The Hughes Cancer Center won an Honor Award from AIA Philadelphia and an Award of Merit in the Healthcare category from ENR Mid-Atlantic.  The AIA Philadelphia jury commented, “I see hope here. The clarity of glass, white walls, the colors of natural courts, and the attention to detail expresses the science involved in healing. Light is the theme.  The warmth of the sun lifts the spirit of patients during difficult treatments for cancer. Well composed. Crisply detailed.”

Completed in June 2012, Pocono Medical Center’s new 65,000 sf cancer center facility is connected by skywalk to the existing hospital.  From the porte cochere, a three-story central lobby and central garden sensitively organize a comprehensive cancer program with two linear accelerator vaults, twenty chemotherapy infusion stations, pharmacy, CT simulator and PET/CT, conference spaces, a café, and meditation area.  The new Cancer Center’s design aspires to contribute to the healing process of its patients and caregivers by easing their duress through the introduction of references to the surrounding natural environment: the Pocono Mountains.  In May, the Hughes Cancer Center was also honored with the “2012 Outstanding Project Award” from the Delaware Valley Association of Structural Engineers.

Phase 2 Pavilion, Kent Campus Expansion, Bayhealth Medical Center

The Phase 2 Pavilion won Merit Awards from AIA and from ENR Mid-Atlantic in the Healthcare category.  The AIA Philadelphia jury commented, “A massive complex broken down and layered successfully into manageable, navigable forms. The most successful strategy is the flowing anthropomorphic movement of public spaces, almost guiding the visitor to their destination. Interiors are well done — organic curves, well lit, beautiful. It’s exciting to see this quality of design in a healthcare project.”

Completed in March 2012, the $140 million, 391,000 sf project is designed as a base for a future seven-story patient tower. Connections to existing facilities resolve a campus strategy for the separation of operationally efficient service circulation from the clear wayfinding for public and patient flow. The program includes state-of-the-art emergency and trauma departments with a helipad. An integrated cancer center located just off the new entrance lobby houses radiation oncology, medical oncology and infusion, a central sterile department, compounding pharmacy and a conference and training center. In July, the Kent Campus Expansion was also awarded the “Best Interior Design 2012 Award” given by the International Interior Design Association, PA, NJ & DE Chapter.

“These projects are a result of our commitment to a design process that embraces exploration, discovery and innovation through engaging collaboration with clients that share a vision for creativity and quality,” said Hebden.