University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center

Located on the University Hospitals Case Medical Center campus, the 375,000 sf Seidman Cancer Center triples the size of the existing hospital, consolidating activities previously dispersed among seven different locations, optimizing patient care, and fostering synergy among providers. Continuity with the surrounding campus fabric, connectivity with adjacent buildings, creation of a gateway to the campus, and clear patient wayfinding were all important design considerations, as was the integration of healing gardens. Clinical pods for cancer treatment are designed to address specific patient populations. Additional services include patient and public education programs, diagnostic imaging, infusion therapy, radiation oncology, an expanded breast center, and conference facilities. The project is registered for LEED certification.
Challenge: Create a state-of-the-art cancer hospital.
Seidman Cancer Center consolidates and expands the services of Ireland Cancer Center, a NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. Building systems are engineered to meet the special needs of cancer patients and of the diagnostic and treatment equipment that supports state-of-the-art therapy.

To optimize energy consumption while maximizing patient comfort, the team digitally modeled a variety of exterior wall treatments and performed cost-benefit analyses for daylighting, artificial lighting, and thermal energy control alternatives. The glazing treatment and automated window shading reflect optimum modeling results. HVAC systems are designed for quality, maintainability, and redundancy. Custom-designed variable-air-volume air-handling units, centralized on the top floor, include multiple fans and coils for partial redundancy. HEPA-filtered supply air is delivered to all patient beds. Should primary systems fail, a perimeter hydronic heating system is served by emergency power, as are redundant chilled-water and hot-water pumps. Sub-basement and top-floor mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire-protection equipment rooms service the building systems’ high-rise, N+1 critical redundancy requirements.


“(Cannon Design) has created a concept that revolves around patient needs with well-planned interior spaces, and an abundance of natural light which will serve nurses, physicians and patients well. I am confident that the Cancer Hospital’s distinct form and the way the building relates to its surroundings—particularly its landscape—will not only be received well by our patients, but will enhance the architectural quality of the city of Cleveland.”

Thomas F. Zenty, III Chief Executive Officer, University Hospitals


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Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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