The UAMS Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy (MIRT) was reintegrated into the recently expanded Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute on a 20,000 SF shell floor. The MIRT program is international recognized as the leader in Myeloma Research and Treatment under the leadership of Dr. Bart Barlogie. At the request of Dr. Barlogie, a patient advocate was included on the team to bring the patient perspective to the design. This patient was also an architect and professor at the U of A. His unique understanding of patient needs helped drive the design to a pod type arrangement with each physician's patient interaction space expressed as an element in the large waiting area. They were given non-orthogonal forms as an expression of the affect of Myeloma on normal cancer cells. This created “between” spaces for patient interaction within the waiting room as these patients desire support.
Both clinical and administrative spaces were tightly packed into this shell floor and required the latest in compact office furniture to meet the need of patients and the nearly 150 staff.
The design developed is open, bright and meant to inspire hope.