Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre
Barrie, Ontario, Canada
Square Footage: 75,000
The new regional cancer center, integrated into the Royal Victoria Hospital, provides outpatient cancer services to the Simcoe Muskoka region. The freestanding, 75,000 square foot (6,970 square meter) building was designed to provide a calming and life-affirming environment for patients and their families. The Centre provides advanced diagnostics, radiation treatment, and follow-up cancer care to the almost half-million people who live in Simcoe County and Muskoka.
To reduce patient and visitor stress and disorientation, all main waiting spaces are similarly located and overlook a garden of indigenous landscape forms and plant materials. Adjacent to treatment areas, shaded pergolas provide outdoor seating for patients and their families. An open, communicating stair allows patients and staff to actively move between floors.
Green roof areas are provided over the four radiation treatment rooms to reduce stormwater runoff and provide patients with views of natural landscape. Through the use of local materials such as limestone and wood and the introduction of abundant daylight from generous windows in clinical and waiting spaces, patients and visitors are comforted and reassured.