Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK), has devoted more than a century to patient care, as well as to innovative research, making significant contributions to new and better therapies for cancer treatment. In recent years, MSK has expanded with new construction and renovations designed to meet the growing needs of both its patients and research programs. They have developed a network of community-based state-of-the-art outpatient cancer treatment facilities that bring its expert care closer to patients living throughout its geographical area, including Long Island, Westchester County and New Jersey.

This state-of-the-art cancer treatment center utilized a design concept that is both residential and hospitality based. Public spaces were rooted in smaller residential scale “rooms” bringing a more comforting personal scale to care being provided. Interactions between patients and staff were to be done side by side or knee to knee in intimate spaces throughout the facility reinforcing the personal side of the patient’s path to health. Each space reflects qualities of rooms found in homes whether it be the library, game room, attic, den or backyard. To facilitate purposeful waiting multiple seating styles and options are provided while facility wide Wi-Fi and easy access to power ensures patients and families can continue their typical work life routines throughout their treatment.

The facility features comprehensive oncology services including surgical, medical, and radiation oncology consultations, chemotherapy and radiation therapy, diagnostic radiology, access to clinical trials and other specialized services such as genetic counseling, pain management support, lymphedema therapy, survivorship services, social work, and nutrition counseling.

Project category: New construction

Chief administrator: Gary Acord, vice president, design & construction, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Firm: EwingCole,

Design team: EwingCole (architect and interior designer); Lizardos Engineering Associates P.C. (MEP engineering); Silman Engineers (structural engineering); RMS Engineering (civil engineering); Hunter Roberts Construction Co. (contractor)

Total building area (sq. ft.): 114,000

Completed: May 2019