As part of a $225 million commitment from Highmark and AHN to build regional cancer centers, this 90,000 square foot academic cancer center on the North Side of Pittsburgh will serve as a hub for cancer treatment and research in the region. The health care provider is collaborating with Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in Baltimore on cancer treatments and clinical trials.
The building is an overtly contemporary new addition to the Allegheny General Hospital. Its design conveys the message that this is an advanced center of healing – but rather than being a somber and serious presence on the AGH campus, the faceted and curving glass façade conveys a sense of movement and energy. The Atrium provides a memorable transition space between the new Cancer Center and the existing South Tower. The existing garage is renovated and clad in new materials that are in keeping with the new Cancer Center but provides a soft transition to the existing residential neighborhood.
The South Tower / North Avenue entrance to the Cancer Center provides resources for patients, family and the community as they enter the new Cancer Center from Allegheny General Hospital. This space has been designed for flexibility including a multi-purpose room that can hold larger groups of approximately 40, as well as a Wellness Center that will provide a variety of services with health, wellness and hope in mind.
For patients that are more ambulatory while receiving treatment, the Patient Community space creates both a relaxing and nurturing atmosphere with full-height glass and views of the park. This space is located away from general circulation and furniture has been arranged to create intimate opportunities for patients and their families.
The facility will also have 49 chemotherapy infusion bays; conference and examination rooms with telemedicine capabilities, a positive image salon, nutritional counseling, and financial counseling.