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Spectrum Health, Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion

October 2012
Member Project



Your firm's role on the project:  Architect, Engineer, Interior Design


Project details

The new $92 million, 284,000 square foot Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion is designed to serve as the hub for cancer care in the 13-county area served by Spectrum Health.  It is designed to provide a seamless continuum of care and features state-of-the-art clinical technology.  Major components include:

  • Radiation Oncology - 5 vaults, HDR, Brachytherapy
  • Ambulatory Treatment and Infusion
  • Diagnostic Imaging - Ultrasound, Mammography, CT, potential PET/CT
  • Multidisciplinary Clinics
  • Patient Education
  • Clinical Research
  • Laboratory Space
  • Pharmacy

The main focus of the interior is the unique multilevel "Life Garden", a six-story atrium with lush greenery, waterfalls and natural light that creates a warm and welcoming environment.  The central Life Garden creates an area inside the lobby that allows patients to connect with the natural environment.  Each floor has a themed garden which helps patients and families connect to nature, as well as providing aesthetic and psychological links to key patient care areas.

This project received LEED Gold certification in 2009, making it the first Healthcare Facility in Michigan to be awarded this prestigious certification.  LEED gold certification was based on a number of green design and construction features:  brownfield redevelopment, public transportation access, covered parking, and mitigation of the heat island effect.  Environmental concerns for immuno-compromised patients resulted in excellent indoor environmental quality.  Significant care was also taken in recycled content in materials, and in construction waste.