Architect and contractors chosen for new cancer buildings at SMH

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SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - The Sarasota County Public Hospital Board choosing architect and contractors to build the hospital's new cancer inpatient and surgical tower and outpatient radiation treatment center.

Flad Architects will design SMH's new additions and general contractors Brasfield & Gorrie and CPPI/Willis Smith Construction will 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.

The first two facilities in SMH's master plan include:

• Inpatient & 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 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 integrative/ supportive care services. Design is expected to begin this year with construction completed in early 2020.

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.