Elliot Health System (Manchester, N.H.) was looking to create a comprehensive cancer center that incorporates the existing radiation oncology services housed at Elliot Hospital in Manchester, in an environment inspired by the healing effects of nature.
The 22,000-square-foot Solinsky Center for Cancer opened in August 2020 on the Elliot Hospital campus and consolidates chemotherapy, radiation oncology, medical oncology, and other holistic services into one space. This adjacency between disciplines improves communication between physicians and support staff, and now provides patients with everything they might need from diagnosis through recovery all within the Elliot campus.
The Solinsky Center’s modern, calm design by architect and interior design firm E4H (Burlington, Vt.) is reflected in the floor-to-ceiling windows that allow for an abundance of natural light and are paired with modern light fixtures and natural finishes. Curated paintings and ceiling sculptures add color and interest, playing upon the themes of nature by introducing images of growth and regeneration. Large windows and natural finishes are incorporated throughout other areas of the building, as well, including in the semi-private infusion treatment areas overlooking the center’s healing garden for patients.
The healing garden, an integral part of the center, is landscaped with a variety of plants, granite seating, bronze sculptures, and an artistic abstract canopy. Additionally, patients and their families can access an on-site meditation room that has soothing features such as diffused light through translucent panels, inviting warm wood tones and an organic-shaped sculpture.
Facility name: Solinsky Center for Cancer Care
Location: Manchester, N.H.
Completion date: August 2020
Owner: Elliot Hospital
Total building area: 22,000 sq. ft.
Total construction cost: $13 million
Cost/sq. ft.: $591/sq. ft.
Architecture: E4H Environments for Health
Interior design: E4H Environments for Health
Contracting: Bond Brothers
Engineering: BR+A (MEP), Simon Design (structural)