The Kaiser Permanente, Radiation Oncology Center has been unanimously selected for an Award of Merit by Healthcare Design as part of the publication’s annual design showcase. Each year, the publication teams with The Center for Health Design, IIDA and ASID to create a comprehensive compilation of architectural and interior design projects representing innovative design solutions in new or renovated healthcare environments around the world. A full feature piece on the Kaiser Permanente facility can be read online.

The Kaiser Permanente cancer facility is unique in that it locates its radiation treatment centers above ground so patients can experience natural light and views of nature that help calm them during stressful treatment sessions. This departs from traditional radiation treatment centers that are placed below ground to accommodate functional purposes and away from amenities that support the psychological and emotional needs of cancer patients.

As the Healthcare Design article notes, “The 2016 Healthcare Design Showcase jury clearly appreciated the results of this effort, unanimously voting to bestow an Award of Merit honor on the project. ‘This is very innovative,’ one juror said. ‘It’s a feel good cancer center with a nice clarity and simplicity of design and planning.”

Other jurors compared the facility to a seashell thanks to its unique impression. “Beautiful planning, well detailed, and solid collaboration with stakeholders,” said another. “It’s inspirational.”

Mehrdad Yazdani, director of Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign in Los Angeles who led the design for the project, also offers commentary on the project. “Bringing in landscape, light and color palettes that were soothing was very important. And one of the main features is the Zen garden, which is immediately visible from the UNAC rooms. The exterior façade has a fritted-glass treatment where we use the imagery of the forest to reinforce the relationship of the building to the landscape.”

This award builds on previous recognition for the Kaiser Permanente project. It earned Best Health Project in Southern California honors from Engineering News Record and was an Honorable Mention in Architect’s Newspaper’s Building of the Year awards. It has also been published by Contract Magazine and Dezeen.

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