Winship Cancer Institute at Emory Midtown by SOM

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), May Architecture, Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM), and Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University welcomed the first patients to the new Winship Cancer Institute at Emory Midtown center for cancer care.

The 17-story facility brings more than 450,000 square feet of inpatient, outpatient, and research facilities to the existing Emory University Hospital Midtown campus and Winship Cancer Institute–which is currently the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the state of Georgia.

Photo © Dave Burk

The new facility, designed to accommodate the needs of patients, serves as a new paradigm for hospital design and ultimately enhances access to cancer care and services in Atlanta, Georgia, and beyond. The building houses comprehensive oncology facilities, including inpatient beds, surgical capacity, infusion treatment, outpatient clinics, diagnostic imaging, linear accelerators, and areas for wellness, rehabilitation, and clinical research.

The project engages Winship Cancer Institute to build and sustain its distinctive cancer programs through recruitment, retention, engagement, and development of faculty, staff, and trainees. Through a highly inclusive effort, with more than 160 collaborators across Winship’s leadership, patients, clinicians, volunteers, staff and construction teams, Winship at Emory Midtown challenges the established practices of hospital design.

Photo © Dave Burk

To achieve breakthrough improvements over traditional design, SOM and May Architecture employed a unique and highly collaborative process that created the forum needed to drive innovative thinking and inclusion from start to finish. Central to the building’s design are its two-story “care communities,” each focused on a specific type of cancer.

Within these, services normally distributed throughout a hospital are organized into one-stop destinations that combine exam, consultation, infusion, and supportive functions–resulting in a series of intimate communities that are tailored to the journey of each patient.

Photo © David Kresses

Not only do these “care communities” minimize, or in some cases eliminate, the need for patients to wait, they also unite fellow patients and families together and allow specialists to visit both inpatients and outpatients without ever leaving the two floors. The care communities informed the design of the exterior, which is expressed in two-story facade increments that give the tower an approachable scale on Atlanta’s iconic Peachtree Street.

Reflecting Emory’s commitment to a new level of community engagement, the building meets the street with a transparent storefront and welcomes patients and visitors with a hotel-like drop-off leading into the main lobby. Within the building, a retail boutique, pharmacy, wellness center, cafe, and multipurpose spaces for future offerings of yoga, music therapy, education, and art therapy seamlessly cater to the patient’s entire care experience.

Photo © David Kresses

Through a holistic approach to energy-efficient design, the building will expend almost 40 percent less energy annually than the average hospital in Atlanta. The project is on track for a predicted Energy Use Intensity (pEUI) of 136 kBtu per square foot per year, a 32% improvement from typical hospitals in the United States, which expend 220 kBtu per square foot per year on average.

The high-performance facade optimizes glazing and window-to-wall ratios, and the building features energy-efficient recovery mechanical equipment with chilled beams and direct-outside air units. Water usage is reduced through the collection of all stormwater for reuse in irrigation and chiller plants.

Photo © David Kresses

Within the building, daylight, views, and thermal comfort create an environment that supports recovery. The use of low VOC materials further contribute to a high-quality indoor environment. The project is targeting LEED Silver certification. Winship at Emory Midtown’s innovative and reimagined design reflects the exciting medical advances happening in the field of cancer care and research.

As a center for wellness, it reconsiders how an urban medical center relates to its neighborhood. The building helps Emory Healthcare remain at the vanguard of cancer care and raises the bar for medical facility designs in the future. Source by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM).

Photo © Dave Burk

Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)

Patner: May Architecture

Client: Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM)

Year: 2023

Photographs: David Kresses, Dave Burk, Courtesy of SOM

Photo © Dave Burk

Photo © Dave Burk

Photo © Dave Burk

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