Samaritan Health and The S/L/A/M Collaborative partnered to design a new cancer center that would renew its Watertown, N.Y., campus and deliver a sense of hope to patients and caregivers.

The $16 million Walker Center for Cancer Care at Samaritan Health offers a state-of-the-art comprehensive and coordinated multidisciplinary care program to better serve north country New York cancer patients. The 22,000-square-foot facility brings medical oncology infusion and radiation oncology together, consolidating all practices within a centralized location.

The design promotes a welcoming, accessible, and healing environment. For example, the facility’s Mondrian-style exterior glazing pattern affords patients an abundance of natural light, while in the lobby the comforts of home are replicated with warm natural finishes and uplifting graphics.

Project details:

Facility name: Walker Center for Cancer Care at Samaritan Medical Center

Location: Watertown, N.Y.

Completion date: 2018

Owner: Samaritan Health

Total building area: 22,000 sq. ft.

Total construction cost: $16 million

Cost/sq. ft.: $625

Architecture firm: The S/L/A/M Collaborative

Interior design: The S/L/A/M Collaborative

Engineering: BR+A Consulting Engineers

Construction: Purcell Construction Corp.