SMH selects design/construction firms to build its new $220-million Cancer Institute

First two facilities in the master plan to be completed over the next two to three years

A conceptual rendering shows the new Cancer Institute tower on the Sarasota Memorial campus in Sarasota. Image courtesy Sarasota Memorial Hospital

On Feb. 19, the Sarasota County Public Hospital Board selected the nationally known Flad Architects to design its new cancer inpatient and surgical tower and outpatient radiation treatment center, Sarasota Memorial Hospital has announced.

The board also chose general contractors Brasfield & Gorrie and CPPI/Willis Smith Construction to build the two facilities simultaneously over the next two to three years, a news release says. Brasfield & Gorrie has its headquarters in Birmingham, Ala.; its Florida office is in Winter Park. Willis Smith is located in Sarasota, and CPPI (Charles Perry Partners Inc.) is based in Gainesville.

The Hospital Board last month approved the spending of $220 million “to develop a comprehensive cancer program to care for a growing number of cancer patients in southwest Florida.” When complete, Sarasota Memorial Hospital’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 patients a] collaborative multi-disciplinary approach to diagnose and treat their unique cancer to achieve the best possible outcome,” the release points out.

The first two facilities in the hospital’s master plan are the following:

  • Inpatient & Surgical Oncology Tower: The 170,000-square-foot, seven-story inpatient and surgical oncology tower will be built on the main Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) campus. Design is slated to begin this year, with construction completed in 2021. The new cancer tower will consolidate cancer care services in a 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,” the release notes.
  • Radiation Oncology Center: The 25,000-square-foot outpatient radiation oncology center will be built on the health system’s University Parkway/Honore Avenue campus and will include two linear accelerators, a CT simulator for radiation therapy, physician offices and integrative/supportive care services. Design is expected to begin this year with construction completed in early 2020, the release adds.

“SMH will host neighborhood meetings in the coming weeks to discuss plans with interested community members and residents who live in nearby neighborhoods, and working with city and regional planning officials to finalize site plans,” the release explains.

Flad has been a leader in healthcare construction both in Florida and nationally for more than 35 years, the release points out. Within the past seven years, its national and Tampa-based teams have completed master plans for the University of Florida Health/Shands’ main campus and satellite facilities in Gainesville, Lee Health’s satellite hospital in Estero, and St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, the release says.