This 3,800-square-foot remodel consists of a complete renovation
of an existing linear accelerator room, CT Scan room, equipment control
rooms, and patient holding space. The project includes installation of a
Varian TrueBeam Linear Accelerator with Brainlab Exac Trac
stereoscopic/stereotactic technology, and a Philips Big Bore CT Scan.
Through a collaborative effort with John Muir Medical Center’s Radiation
Oncology department, the pre-construction contractor, equipment
vendors, physicist, and design team consultants, Ratcliff was able to
guide the client to the most cost effective design solutions to respond
to their needs.
The new patient-focused design provides a
healing, soothing environment while providing functional design
solutions for day-to-day operations. A thorough accounting of all
treatment equipment allowed for the design of an organized casework
storage system to hide intimidating accessory and equipment out of patient view.
existing linear accelerator is located in the basement of the facility,
and surrounded by earth on two sides. Our design for the new linear
accelerator, situated close to the current isocenter, allows for the
existing shielding configuration to be used in the new radiation
shielding plan, thereby substantially minimizing additional shielding
costs. By exploring interior shielding options such as lead and steel
during design, we avoided costly exterior building modifications as well
as major disruptions. In addition, the project was completed in phases
so it remained in operation during construction. The completed project
allows John Muir Health to provide state-of-the-art radiation oncology services for years to come.