West Michigan Cancer Center

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The West Michigan Cancer Center is a regional cancer treatment facility created through the collaborative efforts of Borgess Medical Center and Bronson Methodist Hospital. Its purpose is to create a centrally-located facility for patient-centered care, in which the latest techniques and technologies for the treatment of cancer are brought together.

The building is located at the west end of the Arcadia Commons area of downtown Kalamazoo, a designated historic district built around Arcadia Creek. New buildings located within this district are required to undergo extensive design review. Among the requirements is to use a design language in keeping with the nearby late nineteenth century mercantile buildings. The use of cast stone, brick and flattened arches not only serve to fulfill the district's design requirements, but help meet the project's goal of creating a warm and welcoming building.

The project was the result of a successful collaboration between multiple stakeholders: medical and administrative staff, community healthcare boards and the Arcadia Commons planning staff and community participants.

Associate Architect: Matthei & Colin Associates

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