In collaboration with design partners OPN Architects, Altus partnered with Mercy and Medical Associates first to determine the feasibility of regionally prominent, one-stop-shop cancer center that would serve as a destination hub for the region, coalesce historically fragmented program components, and create an exceptional patient-and-family care experience.
This feasibility study was a result of years of discussions and significant recent work to refine a vision for a full-service cancer center for the community of Dubuque.
Led by the precepts that the center would be patient-centered, full-service, accessible, efficient, connected, multidisciplinary, and provide excellent care, the design team worked with Mercy and Medical Associates to define key programmatic components, partnership options, location options, costs, and financial feasibility.
Following the study, OPN and Altus were then commissioned with design of a new full-service cancer center will offer medical oncology, radiation oncology and holistic care, with support from nurse navigators, pharmacists, dietitians, spiritual and social workers.
The building opened in summer 2020.