April 7

Fred Hutch Unveils New Clinic Building

The space features advanced imaging capabilities, a fully automated parking garage, and more.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center recently completed its largest construction project to date: a new clinic building on its South Lake Union campus. The six-story, 150,000 square-foot outpatient cancer treatment clinic is designed with patients and their families in mind, boasting highly specialized treatment clinics and state-of-the-art procedure suites. The new building will allow for an even greater ability to deliver world-class cancer care and conduct leading-edge research.

One of the key features of the new building is its patient-centered design, which replicates the current treatment model by incorporating the concept of care neighborhoods. This innovative approach reduces the need for patients to move around the clinic to receive certain aspects of their care. The design streamlines care, reduces in-clinic wait times and check-ins, and creates an updated, healing environment for care. To ensure patients’ needs were being met in this new clinical space, Fred Hutch enlisted a team of patient advisors who reviewed floor plans and provided critical feedback that helped shape the building’s design.

Inside an empty hospital lobby.

The new building also expands imaging and procedural capabilities with the addition of a computerized tomography CT Angiography suite, the first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, and a positron emission tomography–magnetic resonance imaging (PET-MR), among other new biopsy services. In addition, the building features the first-in-health care fully automated parking garage, with space for 160 cars, a three-level robotic parking garage, and a centralized valet who will transport cars to one of the garage’s three stories with robotic lifts and platforms that shift cars vertically and horizontally.

“As we approach the 1-year anniversary of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance becoming one unified organization, this new building represents the physical embodiment of our commitment to continue to advance cancer care for our patient community,” said Dr. Thomas J. Lynch, president and director of Fred Hutch and holder of the Raisbeck Endowed Chair.

A group of people doing a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony.

The new clinic building is a significant milestone for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, and its completion is a testament to the dedication of those who made it come to life, including patients, physicians, nurses, and support staff. The expansion of Fred Hutch’s South Lake Union Campus will allow the organization to continue to bolster breakthrough ways in which patients receive their care.

By the numbers

  • 150,000 square feet (current building is 210,000 square feet)
  • 6 floors (including A-level, ground floor)
  • Fully automated 160-stall parking garage (underground)
  • Corridor connecting to existing clinic (1st floor)
  • 96 total “flex rooms” for patient care (2nd, 3rd & 4th floors)
  • 8 procedure rooms for biopsies, port placement, etc., as well as 2 interventional radiology suites (5th floor)
  • 20 pre/post recovery rooms
  • Expansion of imaging services including 3 MRI suites and a leading-edge PET/MRI suite with “hot lab” for radiopharmaceutical prep and storage (1st floor)

Story by Ethan Chung & photographs by Robert Hood for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center.

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