Sarasota Memorial Health Care System’s new Radiation Oncology Center completes the first phase of the Brian D. Jellison Cancer Institute. In support of the Cancer Institute’s vision to provide a comprehensive care continuum, the new oncology center in Sarasota, Fla. offers patients access to radiation treatment, including external beam radiation services, in a comfortable, spa-like environment devoted solely to cancer care.

The 18,000-square-foot facility is equipped with two Varian TrueBeam linear accelerators that accurately pinpoint tumors, sparing healthy cells from unnecessary radiation. This cutting-edge technology ultimately facilitates faster treatments, shorter recovery periods, and improved outcomes. The center also includes a CT simulator for radiation therapy, six exam rooms, physician offices, and an integrative care suite.

Informed by critical feedback from hospital user groups, cancer patients and community members, the facility was planned to focus on the whole patient by integrating advanced technology with wellness elements such as a serenity garden and supportive services suite. Filled with plentiful natural light, thoughtful artwork, and natural materials, the center was designed to offer a calming care experience, from the moment a patient walks in the door to the moment they complete their final treatment – a welcome alternative to traditional radiation oncology centers.

Patients, families, and staff are also provided with the opportunity to physically access the outdoors. At the end of the lobby space are direct views to a ceremonial water feature with a natural wooded area beyond as the backdrop. A patio around the water feature allows those visiting the space a place for respite and reflection.

Project category: New construction

Chief administrator: Lorrie Liang, president, Sarasota Memorial Hospital – Sarasota Campus

Firm: Flad Architects,

Design team: Flad Architects (medical programming, interior design, landscape architecture, and full architectural design services); Affiliated Engineers (MEP engineer); Charles Perry Partners and Willis Smith Construction (construction manager/general contractors); Stantec (civil engineer); Walter P. Moore (structural engineer); Samdahl and Associates (business and operational planner)

Total building area (sq. ft.): 18,000

Construction cost/sq. ft.: $678

Total project costs with design/equipment (excluding land): $29 million

Completed: August 2020