Construction Cost: $9 million
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Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center Warrenville accommodated their rapidly growing Cancer Center Program by developing a two-level, 10,000 square-foot Gamma Knife addition to the existing Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center Warrenville in Warrenville, Illinois, that was completed in 2010. Gamma Knife radiosurgery delivers a single, large dose of radiation to a specific target in the brain with surgical precision. The radiation reacts on a molecular level with the cancer cells and stops their reproduction, killing the cancer.
The addition incorporated a Gamma Knife procedure room made of demountable high-density block on the ground level, allowing for future renovations and technology changes with minimum disruption. Adjacent to the procedure space are patient recovery bays as well as support, office and conference spaces. The upper level anticipates the future expansion and re-orientation of the multi-disciplinary clinics, allowing better accessibility for physicians and easier orientation for patients.
The exterior design takes its cues from the original building, using terra cotta, brick, glass and metal panels to create a streamlined expression facing the expressway. The design showcases the high quality of the hospital’s brand and its world-class cancer program by creating a building with a contemporary appearance, a sophisticated color palette and a comforting environment for cancer patients and their families.