SCCA Patient House
The SCCA Patient House is a new facility that provides 80 rooms for out-of-town oncology patients and their caregivers during cancer treatment at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. The project presents a unique urban building type that responds directly to the specific needs of its community while incorporating sustainable building technology and contributing to the city and neighborhood.
The intent of the building is to provide a home away from home; an affordable, convenient, safe, and non-institutional housing option for patients and their caregivers. Conceptually, the building strives to create space that will have a healing influence by reducing stress and facilitating interaction between patients and caregivers.
The building is seeking LEED Gold certification and the project adopts an environmental position that prioritizes durability, energy-efficient building systems, indoor air quality, and occupant comfort. Through the combination of a high-performance heating and cooling system with heat recovery, extensive daylighting, energy-efficient lighting, a high-performance thermal envelope, and energy-efficient components, the building has been designed to meet the Architecture 2030 Challenge. MERV 13 filtered outside air is supplied to all spaces, and the building allows for user adjustment of mechanical systems and access to operable windows for natural ventilation. Low VOC adhesives, sealants, paints, carpets, and composite wood items further contribute to a healthful interior.