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February 14, 2014
Susan B Cole 315 464-6547

Upstate Cancer Center interior spaces take shape

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— As walls and structural features continue to go up inside the Upstate Cancer Center, the design is beginning to take shape.

What just weeks ago was an open area dotted with steel beams, private infusion areas overlooking what will be home to the healing garden are clearly visible with partially constructed walls.  Nursing stations, treatment areas, the Family Resource Center, meeting spaces and the brightly lit atrium are also becoming clearly defined.

“Watching the exterior rise out of the ground was exciting, but the progress indoors is even more thrilling,” said Richard Kilburg, associate administrator of the Upstate Cancer Center. “Being able to physically see the different areas taking shape lets us know how close we are getting to providing this state-of-the-art center to our patients.”

All areas are progressing on schedule. In the pediatric area, a large playroom with separate but connected areas for adolescents, children and newborns is now standing. The Vero SBRT, an advanced technology allowing doctors to pinpoint treatment with a tightly focused beam of radiation, is in place. Upstate will be one of only three facilities in the United States to offer this state-of-the-art technology for the treatment of cancer. Also, the main staircase in the front atrium is in place.

The Upstate Cancer Center will bring all of Upstate’s outpatient cancer services, for both children and adults, under one roof.  The center will encompass 90,000 square feet and feature 27 private infusion areas, a four-season rooftop healing garden, meditation room, family resource center, multidisciplinary practice locations, private space for nutrition, financial and other counseling services, a boutique for patient apparel and other personal products and three linear accelerators.

The Upstate Cancer Center is expected to open this summer.

Caption: Workers from LeChase Construction prepare the pediatric playroom for a special lighting feature that will make the ceiling resemble the sky. The pediatric area is located on the second floor.

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