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design healthy building Employing a host of sustainable design strategies, EwingCole creates a LEED Gold certified building for AtlantiCare Cancer Care Institute that proves green and healthcare go hand in hand By Danine Alati Photography by Barry Halkin Healthcare settings in general incite trepidation in even the healthiest of patients. And a cancer center elevates the stress level exponentially, as dealing with the disease from its diagnosis through treatment and recovery is a trying and emotional process. When designing the AtlantiCare Cancer Care Institute in Egg Harbor Township, N.J., EwingCole made a commitment to creating a “healthy” building that would benefit the patients and create a tranquil, comforting environment. Beyond taking special care when selecting colors, textures, and materials, EwingCole considered the specific functional requirements of those undergoing chemotherapy or radiation, and how to deliver this care in the most appropriate environment. The design team also seized the opportunity of working on a site in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, and allowed the natural surroundings to inform the interior design. Fady Barmada, AIA, healthcare architect at EwingCole, explains, “We wanted to take full advantage of the Pine Barrens backdrop and bring nature into the design so that the building does not impose on its surroundings.” Copious use of glass creates an element of transparency to offer views, blurring the interior and exterior and permitting sunlight to penetrate. Brick, stone, and Trespa (a building material resembling wood) on the exterior of the 40,000-sq. ft. structure are brought to the interior with a palette of bright, neutral, natural materials. Based on the theory that a connection with nature promotes healing, EwingCole incorporated the surrounding Pine Barrens into AtlantiCare’s Cancer Care Institute with natural brick, stone, a wood-like material, and copious amounts of glazing (opposite). The skylit atrium even encourages live plants to grow in the double-height lobby (above). contract october 2009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Contract - October 2009

Contract - October 2009
Slim Jim
Common Threads
Two Roads Diverge
All Together Now
Healthy Building
Face-To-Face Value
Life Goes On...
To Your Health
Designers Rate: Healthcare Seating
In Defense of Marriage (Of Convenience)
Ad Index

Contract - October 2009