AtlantiCare Health Systems Egg Harbor New Jersey Oncology Center


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Construction Cost: $18 million
Building Gross Area: 40,000 sq ft
Completion Date: 2009
Location: Egg Harbor Township, NJ

Architect: Ewing Cole
Contact: Tim Sheahan
Position: Project Architect
Telephone #: 215-625-4690

This LEED Platinum Certified, state of the art Oncology Center for AtlantiCare Health Systems is their first LEED Certified building within the system. The major LEED features are high-energy HVAC systems, DDC controls, 30% of the exterior cladding is glass to maximize the natural sunlight exposure for daylight harvesting, and roof gardens for aesthetics and rainwater management. The centers cancer treatment technology features the latest in radiation treatment with three vaults containing; two linear accelerators and a Cyberknife. In addition, the center includes twelve infusion Chemotherapy bays, on-site lab, on-site pharmacy, and Lymphodema Therapy suite.

APPROACH AND CHALLENGES

The challenge facing the team was to integrate two different building structural systems into one structure. A standard steel framed building was needed to incorporate and bear on two poured in place concrete linear accelerator vaults. The conflicting construction methodologies required differing levels of tolerances. In order to maintain a continuous schedule the dimensions of the concrete vault had to be held in order to release the steel for fabrication. The solution was achieved by integrating the steel framing dimensions into the structural support framing of the concrete forming system. The forming system and subsequent 24 hour continuous pour of the concrete for the vaults were continuously monitored for settlement or shifting by a surveying crew. The required dimensioning was able to be maintained to allow for the immediate erection of structural steel after the curing of the concrete thereby reducing the schedule by upwards of 8 weeks.