Opening in February 2017, The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center in Omaha, Neb., stands out for its efforts to bring together clinical care and research within the same facility, removing barriers to knowledge exchange and helping foster collaboration between researchers and clinicians.

The project, submitted by HDR, includes a research center, “knowledge transfer” areas where clinical and research faculty offices reside, and a new 108-bed inpatient tower. Also catching jurors’ eyes within the 617,000-square-foot cancer center is the organization’s healing arts program, which focuses on creating an atmosphere of hope and resilience through artwork.

At the heart of this program—and in the heart of the 10-story facility—is the Chihuly Sanctuary featuring art installations designed by renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly. Other components of the program include an 82-foot-tall sculpture by artist Jun Kaneko, an all-season healing garden, and commissioned artworks on display throughout.