The University of Arizona Cancer Center (UACC) at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center
Architect: ZGF Architects LLP
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Category B: Built, More than $25 million in construction cost
The 220,000-square-foot UACC is intended to deliver the highest standard of care within an evidence-based, multidisciplinary model, using the most modern technologies. The building program includes spaces for radiation oncology, diagnostic imaging, endoscopy and interventional radiology, exam and procedure rooms, a support and wellness center, infusion, a clinical pharmacy, and a healing garden. The building was designed to emphasize the user experience, integrate the natural beauty of the landscape, and address the needs of the UACC staff and patients for years to come. An exterior shade system, along with chilled beams, the first to be used in an Arizona healthcare setting, greatly contributed to the sustainability of the facility.
The articulated metal screens on the east and west façades offer an appropriate climatic response, transparency and a strong visual identity to the building. The Jury appreciated dappled effect of light on a well-detailed central stair. Interior spaces are clean and well composed. The use of wood with stone adds warmth and comfort. Moveable patterned glass screens in the infusion space offer privacy or an opportunity for socialization.