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Rose Cancer Center construction on schedule for winter completion

By: Victoria Mitchell | Royal Oak Review | Published August 1, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Beaumont Health officials said construction is on track to transform the hospital’s Rose Cancer Center.

“The new cancer treatment center canopy and vestibule exterior work is scheduled to complete in mid-October,” Beaumont Construction Project Executive Art Eckert said in an email.

Eckert said the team has completed the required rerouting of traffic from the south parking deck and has demolished the existing roadway, completed the rough grading and installed the caissons.

“The structural steel will begin in early August with roof and vestibule framing, and brick veneer following,” he stated. “Final grading, repaving and landscape will take place at the end of September. 

“The new finishes in the connecting corridor between the imaging center and new cancer treatment center vestibule will follow the exterior work and complete in December.”

The $2.5 million improvements will expand the center’s drop-off area, entrance and lobby.

The renovations will include a new, large, covered drop-off entry area to protect patients from weather, with expanded lanes; a new vestibule that opens up the lobby and creates a weather barrier; and terrazzo corridor flooring from the Rose Cancer Center to the imaging center.

The project architect is Neumann/Smith Architecture and the general contractor is Kasco Construction.

Hospital officials said most of the project is being funded by a gift from the Rose family.

The Rose Cancer Center was built 25 years ago and is named for Lillian and Edward Rose. The center hosts many of the cancer programs at Beaumont, Royal Oak.

Hospital officials said the Rose family has supported the facility, as well as clinical and research-based initiatives, through the years.

Cancer patients and their families are asked to park on the east side of the building and use the center’s temporary east entrance. Valet parking will be available.

In order to complete all of the renovations, South Deck Drive also will be closed. All hospital patients and visitors using the South Parking Deck must enter from South Hospital Drive.

“We sincerely thank the Rose family for their extraordinary gift funding the renovation,” Carolyn Wilson, chief operating officer of Beaumont Health and interim president of Beaumont, Royal Oak, said in a statement. “When completed, the entrance renovations will improve traffic flow, access, comfort and ultimately the patient experience.

“We apologize for the temporary inconvenience during construction.”

The Rose Cancer Center renovations are happening with the adjoining Proton Therapy Center.

“With the Proton Therapy Center opening in the spring of 2017, we thought it an ideal time to tie these facilities together with a unified look and improved access,” stated Wilson. “The renovations will provide an updated, welcoming and functional environment for patients and their families. This is part of a larger renovation plan for the Rose Cancer Center.”

Other campus construction projects include the $120.8 million new emergency center.