Upper Chesapeake Cancer Center

Bel Air, Maryland

As the only such treatment center in northeastern Maryland, this facility is an important addition to the area’s healthcare community. The design team focused on a number of guiding principles and goals for the Cancer Center. Attention to the patient experience is at the core of these principles – emphasizing a strong physical identity, creation of a healing environment, and stress reduction.

Goals included: creating a multifunctional and flexible design, a separate identity for the infusion garden, vehicular access with a clear connection to the existing hospital, and a prominent entrance. Located entirely over structure, the two-level courtyard gardens provide views for the rooms inside, varied seating areas, and habitat for birds and butterflies. Plantings highlight colors, textures, and patterns for four seasons of interest. Fountains provide a soothing and contemplative feel, and a labyrinth offers visitors, staff and patients a place for reflection. The open lawn can be used for special events and a variety of fitness classes.

Completion of the Cancer Center concludes a $39 million expansion of Upper Chesapeake Health.


2016 Honor Award, Maryland ASLA