The New York Proton Therapy Center is the first facility of its kind in New York State. The $300 million center, eight years in the making offers advanced cancer care to patients in the Tri-State area. Stantec worked closely with the client, ProHEALTH, and a consortium of three prominent New York healthcare institutions: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Montefiore Health System, and Mount Sinai Health System. The 135,000 square foot center serves as the impetus of redevelopment and urban renewal in East Harlem, featuring a mix of residential, commercial, and retail space. The transparent façade enlivens the streetscape, engaging pedestrians, and connecting patients with the surrounding community.

As the largest free-standing proton center in the US, the three-story facility features five rooms: three gantries plus one fixed beam room with provisions for an eye treatment chair, and one additional room dedicated to research. Establishing efficient patient throughput was a vital consideration for the functional layout of the facility. Patients arrive in the middle of the treatment area and go directly from a greet station to changing, gowned waiting, and treatment in a few short steps. Pediatric patients have a separate zone that offers play activities, as well as a quiet respite for children and parents. The bright and airy main lobby, flanked with fittingly designed seating and greenery, creates a striking first impression for patients. Natural materials, wood finishes, and accents of color complement the soothing palette and create a warm, healing environment for patients.

Project category: New construction

Chief administrator: Allan Freeman, senior vice president, project development, ProHEALTH

Firm: Stantec,

Design team: Paula Williams, principal and project manager; Franck Le Bousse, lead designer; Doug Jeong, project architect; Richard Brown, senior technical architect; Stephanie Orlich, architect; Richard Wolf, architect (Stantec Architecture Inc.); Michael Fahey, principal + lead electrical engineer (Bard, Rao + Athanas Consulting Engineers, LLC); Christopher Milano, structural engineer (Goldstein-Milano LLC)

Total building area (sq. ft.): 135,000

Construction cost/sq. ft.: $926

Total construction cost (excluding land): $125.1 million

Completed: August 2019