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  Stormont-Vail HealthCare Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center

HMN Architects, Inc. 
7400 West 110th Street, #200, Overland Park, KS 66210

LOCATION: Topeka, Kansas
Date Neg.: February 2006*
Construction Period: Oct 2005 to Dec 2006
Total Square Feet: 31,520 Site: 2.8 acres.
Number of Buildings: One. 
Building Size: First floor, 31,520; total, 31,520 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 31’; total, 31’. 
Basic Construction Type: Structural Steel/New/2N.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: Brick, curtainwall, limestone. Roof: Asphalt shingle, membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

* Bid date negotiated. Contractor submitted an estimated GMP based upon incomplete documents and site work was started based upon that number. Drawings were then completed and numbers were received from the sub-contractors after site work had begun.

structural Engineer: Finney & Turnipseed, P.A. - 603 S.W. Topeka Boulevard, #401, Topeka, KS 66603
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Ferrell Construction - 2420 N.W. Button Road, Topeka, KS 66618
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: Brack & Associates Consulting Engineers - 3501 S.W. Gage Blvd., Topeka, KS 66614
Civil Engineer: Bartlett & West, Inc. - 1200 S.W. Executive Drive, Topeka, KS 66615

The Cotton-O’Neil Cancer Center at Stormont-Vail HealthCare is located in Topeka, Kansas, just west of the Cotton-O’Neil Digestive Health Center and east of the Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital. The Cancer Center is located within the Howard. N. Ward, M.D. Medical Office Building. Dr. Ward was instrumental in the development of oncology practices at Stormont-Vail. The new Cancer Center unites the outpatient cancer services of Stormont-Vail and Cotton-O’Neil under one roof to provide the public with not only complete clinical services, which range from testing and diagnostics to treatment, but also with a resource for support and learning. This universal approach reflects the passion and mission of Stormont-Vail and Cotton-O’Neil: Working together to improve the health of our community.

The Cancer Center broke ground on August 4, 2005 and the doors were opened to the public on December 18, 2006. Complete outpatient services are provided at the Center for the two major components of the clinical process: radiology/diagnostics and treatment/therapy. The building’s floor plan reflects this; you enter at the central lobby space with radiology to your right and medical oncology to your left. This layout allows for more customized patient care; because everything is happening in a single, united center, the entire process is streamlined. The Cancer Center contains a fully electronic medical records system, which assists not only in registration, but also in generating increased efficiency in communication between the radiology, radiation therapy and oncology departments. 

On the diagnostics side, the Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center is truly state-of-the-art, with the only PET/CT scanner in a 13-county region of Kansas. The PET/CT combines both types of scans in one piece of equipment. This makes it one of the most effective tools in cancer diagnosis and staging. The Cancer Center is also equipped with the second Trilogy Image-Guided Radiotherapy Linear Accelerator within the state of Kansas. This piece of equipment is used to fight cancer, while causing minimal damage to a patient’s healthy tissue. The Linear Accelerator sits in a vault made with 15,000 tons of concrete and has a shielded door weighting approximately 5,000 pounds, separating it from the rest of the building. Once inside the vault, patients discover a space that was designed to calm them during the tensest of times. Muted finishes are used throughout, and a dome above the Accelerator uses fiber-optic lighting to portray a starry Kansas night sky.

In keeping with the spirit of customized patient care, the Cancer Center offers the choice of chemotherapy treatment in three distinct areas. There are six totally private, two family, and eight open chemotherapy treatment areas in the facility. These choices allow the patient to be treated in an environment where they can feel comfortable. In all instances throughout the building there is an emphasis on natural materials and light. Stone, brick and wood are used extensively throughout both the exterior and interior of the Cancer Center and artwork is placed extensively inside to soothe and inspire, rather than overwhelm. A large central area in chemotherapy treatment gives the nursing staff easy access to facilitate the needs of the patients and is comprised of an abundance of natural light. 

In addition to diagnosing and treating the disease, the Cancer Center has phlebotomy and clinical services available, equipped with wireless technology to maintain accurate patient records. An impressive clinical research program with 80 to 90 open research trials is also offered at the Cancer Center. Currently there are 30 to 40 research patients undergoing active treatments and 300 to 400 patients in the follow-up stage of research. A library is located right off the lobby at the Cancer Center for easy access for both patients and the public. Not only does it offer patients and their families a resource facility where they can gain knowledge of cancer issues, but it also serves as a space where education programs can be held.

Cancer is a disease that affects everyone and The Cotton-O’Neil Cancer Center at Stormont-Vail HealthCare was designed with that in mind. From education to diagnostics to treatment and from staff to patients to visitors, a holistic approach has been taken and improved with the latest technology to create a single place that the community can utilize to increase both their health and awareness.

DIV. 7: Trusses: Aegis Metal Framing; Asphalt Shingles: Tamko.
DIV. 8: Entrances & Storefronts, Windows: EFCO Corporation; Skylight: Kalwall.
DIV. 9: Vinyl: Toli; Tile: Dal Tile. 
DIV. 10: Toilet Partitions: American Sanitary; Toilet Accessories: A & J Washroom Accessories; Wall Protection: C/S Group.

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