Hospital Board Taps Top-ranked Firms to Design, Build Cancer Institute

Hospital Board Taps Top-ranked Firms to Design, Build Cancer Institute

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

SARASOTA (Feb. 21, 2018) — The Sarasota County Public Hospital Board on Monday selected top-ranked Flad Architects to design its new cancer inpatient and surgical tower and outpatient radiation treatment center, and chose general contractors Brasfield & Gorrie and CPPI/Willis Smith Construction to build the two facilities simultaneously over the next two to three years.

The hospital board last month approved $220 million to develop a comprehensive cancer program to care for a growing number of cancer patients in southwest Florida. When complete, SMH’s new Cancer Institute will serve as a center of excellence that concentrates a widening range of fellowship-trained oncology specialists and subspecialists in our region, offering each patient a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach to diagnosing and treating their unique cancer to achieve the best possible outcome.

The first two facilities in SMH’s master plan include:
Inpatient and Surgical Oncology Tower: The 170,000-square-foot, seven-story inpatient and surgical oncology tower will be built on SMH’s main campus. Design is slated to begin this year with construction to be completed in 2021. The new cancer tower will consolidate cancer care services in a patient-centered facility with its own parking and entrance, dedicated lobby and registration area; cancer support services; eight new operating rooms, including dedicated robotic surgery suites; and two upper floors with private rooms for hospitalized cancer patients. The tower will connect to the main hospital on multiple levels, ensuring critical 24/7-access to other clinical and emergency care services.

Radiation Oncology Center: The 25,000-square-foot outpatient radiation oncology center will be built on the health system’s University Parkway/Honore campus and will include two linear accelerators, a CT simulator for radiation therapy, physician offices and integrated supportive care services. Design is expected to begin this year with construction to be completed in early 2020. 

SMH will host neighborhood meetings in the coming weeks to discuss plans with interested community members and residents of nearby neighborhoods, and will be working with city and regional planning officials to finalize site plans.

Flad has been a leader in healthcare construction in Florida and nationally for more than 35 years. Within the last seven years, its national and Tampa-based teams have completed master plans for University of Florida Health/Shands’ main campus and satellite facilities in Gainesville, Fla.; Lee Health’s satellite hospital in Estero, Fla.; and St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla. Flad has worked with SMH for the last two years on several campus construction projects, and currently is working on preliminary design of SMH’s new hospital on Laurel Road in Venice, Fla. 

Brasfield & Gorrie will manage construction of the inpatient and surgical tower. The Birmingham, Ala.-based general contractor, has more than 30 years' experience working with subcontractors in the Florida market and has its Florida headquarters in Winter Park, Fla. The company was named the number one healthcare general contractor in the Southeast and has an extensive healthcare portfolio that includes award-winning cancer centers, hospitals, surgery centers, imaging and diagnostics, catheterization labs, ICU units, and proton therapy projects. The firm has built more than 57 oncology/cancer center projects, including the Emory Proton Therapy Center Winship Cancer Institute, the University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Radiation Treatment Facility, and the Sarah Cannon Cancer Center, Kirkland Cancer Center.  

Gainesville, Fla.-based Charles Perry Partners Inc. (CPPI) will partner with Sarasota-based Willis Smith Construction to build the outpatient radiation oncology center. CPPI has 50 years of construction experience, more than $650 million in the healthcare sector. Its portfolio includes a number of freestanding emergency departments, cancer centers, vertical expansions, and other specialized areas of health services. Willis Smith has 45 years of commercial building experience in southwest Florida, with more than $466 million of work within Sarasota County, including experience with outpatient oncology, imaging and linear accelerators, and construction of SMH’s urgent care center at University Parkway.

About Sarasota Memorial Health Care System 
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a regional referral center offering Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of care, with more than 900,000 patient visits each year. Its flagship 829-bed, acute-care hospital has been consistently recognized as one of the nation’s largest and best, with superior patient outcomes and a complete continuum of outpatient services – from urgent care, trauma and emergency services to laboratory and diagnostic imaging, home health, skilled nursing and rehabilitation. SMH is the only hospital in Florida to have consistently earned the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid's Services highest five-star quality award since the rating system launched in 2016.