HDS Architect, Walsh Brothers CM
Cambridge, MA – HDS Architecture has completed the design of the new Medical Oncology and Hematology Center located on the main campus of Mount Auburn Hospital. The construction manager was Walsh Brothers.
One of the major components of the project is a new solarium with floor-to-ceiling glass, skylights, and comfortable seating. Other improvements include new patient and family waiting spaces, exam rooms, treatment rooms, and administrative space.
Color, fabrics, and furniture were crucial to creating a calm, welcoming, home-like vibe throughout the space. Natural wood and rich fabrics in the seating areas, combined with warm wood accents throughout the space, contribute to a balanced and comfortable patient experience.
“The project was extremely challenging due to its location,” says Ryan Desmarais, project anager for Walsh Brothers. “The floor above was the day surgery suite which the slightest vibration could be detrimental to patients. The floor below was the psychiatric ward which was occupied 24 hours a day. Communication between the various trades and the hospital staff was critical to ensure a successful project.”
“We are thrilled with the new center,” says Lisa Weissmann, MD, Chief of Hematology and Oncology at Mount Auburn Hospital, “Our vision was to create a warm and welcoming environment for patients and their families as they go through a very stressful time in their lives. By bringing the outdoors into the space a visual connection is created between the patients and the outside world. All too often patients feel isolated and removed from the world and this new design helps ease those fears.”
Like many HDS projects, the success of the project depended on a collaborative design team approach including medical staff and hospital administration. Says Virginia Rogers, project manager for HDS Architecture, “It was the goal of the doctors, staff and design team to create a sanctuary for patients and their families to enjoy while getting necessary treatment. The Solarium space was specifically designed for long seated stays for patient’s families its light colored finishes punctuated by comfortable dark navy swivel chairs leaves the focus on the sweeping views.“