Emory Proton Therapy Center opens in Midtown Atlanta

Emory Proton Therapy Center, a project seven years in the making, is complete and officially delivering treatment to cancer patients. As the first facility of its kind in Georgia, the project strengthens the city of Atlanta’s position as a center for biomedical innovation and advanced cancer care.

Stantec, a leading global design firm recognized for its Particle Therapy Center of Excellence, designed the state-of-the-art facility with five treatment rooms capable of providing proton beam therapy to up to 1,700 patients, including children, annually. Working with the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University and the center’s owner, Provident Resources Group, Stantec led the architectural design of this unique center, with engineering partners Bard, Rao + Athanas Consulting Engineers and Goldstein-Milano Structural Engineers.

Located in Midtown Atlanta, the design of the three-story 115,000 sq. ft. facility serves to engage with the local streetscape along a sloping topography. A 20,000 sq. ft. retail space envelopes a 200-car parking garage, creating opportunities for new community offerings in this vibrant neighborhood. A sand and charcoal façade, punctuated by generous expanses of glass, help to further integrate the project with the cityscape.

The interior design establishes a welcoming and comforting environment. A generous courtyard lined with a lush vertical garden creates a striking impression from the main lobby. The palette blends natural colors and textures with wood panels to provide a healing environment. Also, touches of bright color reinforce the uplifting setting while providing wayfinding for patients and staff.

“As a facility treating patients of all ages, our team paid particular attention to the comfort of the pediatric population in the design of the Emory Proton Center,” said Paula Williams, a Principal at Stantec. “The design includes a dedicated family waiting room in the main lobby, along with a unique playhouse to help these young patients find some comfort. The center’s layout has also been carefully considered to allow parents to accompany children through the clinical and treatment journey.”

Stantec is a leading expert in the design of particle therapy centers. A dedicated team of experts have worked on world class facilities around the globe, including more than 30 of the centers currently built, in construction, or under design. Recent projects designed by Stantec include the Johns Hopkins National Proton Therapy Center in Washington, DC; the Inova Schar Institute Proton Center in Fairfax, VA; the New York Proton Therapy Center in New York City; the South Florida Proton Therapy Institute at Delray Beach, Florida; and the Hefei Heavy Ion Medical Center in Hefei City, China. Based in Washington, DC, the firm’s Particle Therapy Center of Excellence professionals develop unique solutions for each client’s individual needs and site constraints. Click here to learn more about Stantec’s cancer care work.

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