Scripps Proton Therapy Center
San Diego, California, USA
For certain cancers, proton therapy offers a more precise and aggressive approach to destroying tumors. It involves the use of a controlled beam of protons to target tumors with control and precision unavailable in other radiation therapies. Exacting precision is one reason Advanced Particle Therapy chose Haskell to design and build its first, highly advanced, west coast proton therapy center for Scripps Health. The Scripps Proton Therapy Center is one of only a dozen such cancer treatment centers in the United States when it treated its first patient.
The 102,500-square-foot outpatient center features a healing garden, outpatient clinic, diagnostic department and a patient treatment area all surrounding a patient friendly central grand lobby. The proton treatment equipment is housed in massive concrete bunkers that protect the surrounding areas from the radiation that is generated while extracting the proton beam from the state-of-the-art cyclotron and transporting it to the patient treatment areas. The design and construction of the spaces that house and support this technologically advanced equipment require precise planning and coordination with the equipment manufacturer, Varian Medical Systems. Computer based Building Information Modeling played a key role in integrating the complex network of mechanical, electrical and mass concrete shielding systems to support the proton treatment equipment.
The Scripps Proton Therapy Center treated its first patient in June 2013 and is running at full capacity which benefits approximately 2,000 patients each year. Haskell is proud to have provided facility planning, design and construction services to leaders and innovators in the field of radiation oncology such as Advanced Particle Therapy and their clinical alliance Scripps Health to help bring this technologically advanced treatment option to life for patients in Southern California and throughout the world.
We are honored to work with Scripps and Haskell to create a state-of-the-art facility that will treat patients in the greater San Diego and California region.Jeffrey Bordok President and CEO, Advanced Particle Therapy