Client:Banner Alzheimer’s Institute
Cyclotron Facility Improvement Shell Project
A full renovation was required, from the lobby to technical areas, and the existing building had to be expanded to accommodate classroom and conference spaces. The highly technological nature of the project had to be considered carefully in the design. The cyclotron and radiochemistry lab enable the production of radiotracers to support positron emission tomography (PET) studies across Arizona in the areas of neurology, oncology and cardiology.
Consideration of human safety was critical in the placement of the cyclotron equipment. Chemical handling including robotics, hotcells storage and waste were all contemplated. The cyclotron itself had to be situated in a controlled, radioactive area. From a more human standpoint, the lighting was significantly improved, with a better flow of natural light into the space, which now conveys a more uplifting feeling.
The project was completed in full compliance with federal guidelines and certification requirements. The review process was lengthy, and architects had to deliver all aspects of the project to meet specific requirements, including thorough documentation, project criteria and milestones.
- Radioactive chemical storage
- Cyclotron in controlled, radioactive area
- Robotics, not humans, to handle chemicals
- Improved natural lighting
- Expanded classroom and conference spaces
The successful outcome of this project led to ARCHSOL being selected as the primary architect for two other related projects for the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute: the PET/CT Facility Improvement Project and the MRI Facility Improvement Project.
PET/CT Facility Improvement Project
MRI Facility Improvement Project
Under the same permit and construction effort, ARCHSOL was selected as the lead architect to complete the 1,200 square foot PET/CT Facility Improvement project.
- Control rooms
- Two intake rooms
Also under the same permit and construction effort, ARCHSOL took the lead on the MRI Facility Improvement Project, which covered 1,675 square feet.
- Control room
- Patient holding area
- Waiting area
- Patient dressing rooms
- Exam rooms
All projects were successfully completed on time and met all federal guidelines, as well as the intense technological and safety requirements of the Institute.