KANSAS CITY, Kan.—Following years of planning, The University of Kansas Health System has begun accepting patients at its new proton therapy treatment center, designed by architecture planning and design firm Hoefer Welker in partnership with Stantec.
One of only about 40 proton therapy centers in the United States, the new facility is the only cancer center to offer this specialized form of radiation treatment throughout Kansas and its surrounding states, including Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado and Arkansas. Treatment is offered through The University of Kansas Cancer Center.
Construction of the new proton therapy center was done in partnership with Kansas City-based McCownGordon Construction and construction firm Linbeck, based in Fort Worth, Texas. Located in Kansas City, Kan., the facility spans 38,200 square feet.
Supported by Stantec’s proton expertise, Hoefer Welker is now one of a handful of firms in the U.S. with expertise specific to proton therapy treatment. Throughout the design process, the Hoefer Welker team coordinated with physicians and other members of the medical team to determine the needs of patients, families and caregivers. This included a collaborative visioning session that assessed psychological, sociological and physiological impacts on all involved parties as well as goals and success metrics. Using data gathered during the session, Hoefer Welker designed the facility with a focus on clinical flow, calming aesthetics and an improved patient and staff experience.