This multi-phase interior renovation of the Michigan Cancer Institute at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, Michigan consisted of expanding and upgrading the reception area and resource center while adding exam rooms and doctor’s offices. The first phase converted vacant space on the first floor into a cancer resource center and salon that allowed patients the opportunity to attend counseling, consultations, obtain literature and fittings for hair pieces. The second floor was a conversion of a twenty three-hour patient recovery area into a new treatment area. At the conclusion of phase 1 the cancer center was temporarily compressed into this finished area while phase 2 work was performed.
Phase 2 consisted of converting the former treatment area into additional exam rooms, administration, reception area, storage rooms, doctor’s offices, and check-in and check-out areas.
Project challenges included working above active operating rooms while installing the new second floor plumbing; and the construction of a safe passage “tunnel” for pharmacists to utilize through the construction area for their access to the pharmacy. Special care and close attention to detail resulted in a nearly undetectable presence to hospital staff and the visiting public.