Modular Building Institute

Inspira Oncology Center

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Main Category:
Modular Building Design
Company:
Sustainable Modular Management, Inc.
Affiliate:
Southeast Modular Manufacturing
Location:
Woodbury, CT
Building Use:
Radiation Therapy Center
Gross Size of Project:
6500 Square Feet
Days to complete:
331

Award Criteria

  1. Architectural Excellence
    The Inspira Oncology Center was designed to provide proton therapy for cancer patients. The center was given an open feeling by using a clerestory and entrance curtain wall to maximize natural lighting. Innovative and attractive facades were implemented around the exterior of the building to advance the buildings aesthetics. Unique art sculptures were commissioned and located around the facility amongst the beautiful landscaping surrounding the center. The oncology center was comprised of various spaces common to most medical facilities such as offices, reception area, conference rooms, waiting rooms, exam rooms, lounge and supporting facilities. Additionally, this center included a CT SIM Room to allow for quicker patient imaging at the center and a LINAC Room to conduct proton therapy where high energy x-rays or electrons are used to combat tumors and destroy cancer cells. Specialized control rooms adjoining the respective therapy spaces were incorporated in the construction.
  2. Technical Innovation & Sustainability
    The successful construction of the Oncology Center was directly related to the strong coordination amongst all members of the project team. Southeast Modular fabricated the steel modular units for this project. The sitework constituted completely clearing the project site, setting the foundation and installing the concrete “bunker” comprised of specially manufactured concrete blocks to house the LINAC Room. The special concrete blocks served to contain the radiation in conjunction with one of the first windows ever installed in a proton therapy space. The building was designed to marry the modular block and modular building technologies. Combining these two modular technologies in such innovative ways enabled the construction of a unique medical services center in an expedited time schedule.
  3. Cost Effectiveness
    The Inspira Oncology Center urgently needed to service cancer patients in the surrounding communities. The decision to develop a new type of facility comprised of modular technologies allowed for a faster construction to more quickly deliver medical treatments to those in need. It was determined early in the design process that the patients and their families’ health and comfort would take precedence. Considering the schedule and the speed at which the center would start providing services, the owners concluded the facility could be designed to reflect a higher level of design and construction quality. It is the cost and time savings that stemmed from simultaneously developing the site and fabricating the modular units that enabled the Inspira Health Network group to design, develop and finally construct a highly technical, sophisticated, innovative and welcoming medical center that will help save lives for years to come.
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