RATCLIFF Designs New Stanford Cancer Center South Bay with Compassionate Care

Stanford, RATCLIFF, South Bay, San Jose, Swinerton Builders, Degenkolb Engineers, Interface Engineering, HMH, Charles Salter Associates, RAS Design Group, TEECOM, Cumming

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New Stanford Cancer Center South Bay welcomed patients July 13, extending regional access to Stanford Health Care’s leading edge, coordinated care

RATCLIFF designs Stanford Health’s new comprehensive cancer center in San Jose with compassionate care

“The absolute best” in cancer care is now available in the Silicon Valley’s South Bay (San Jose) Area at the new Stanford Cancer Center that opened July 13, extending Stanford’s comprehensive and compassionate cancer care to more Bay Area residents in the fast growing South Bay. Designed by RATCLIFF architects of Emeryville, California, the center houses the groundbreaking clinical treatments for which Stanford Health Care is renowned in a patient-centered environment where outstanding care, compassion and healing are underscored in every detail.

A National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center and one of the best hospitals in America for cancer treatment (according to US News & World Report), Stanford Health Care is at the forefront of high quality patient care.

Departments of the 70,000 sf, four story facility comprehensive outpatient cancer center (OSHPD 3), conveniently located at the intersection of State Route 85 and Los Gatos Boulevard in San Jose, include oncology, ambulatory surgery, diagnostic imaging, clinical lab, pharmacy and radiation oncology. Rather than the typical experience where a patient must travel from department to department for different services, Stanford Cancer Center South Bay is organized so that multidisciplinary teams come to the patient’s exam room. This advance in healthcare delivery is an example of ways the patient’s perspective is the priority. “From routine check-ups to surgery, chemo and radiation therapy, patients can feel assured that a variety of resources are available all in one location,” said Christopher Naughton of RATCLIFF, principal architect and planner for the project.

“The essence of the project addresses the mind, body and spirit of those on their cancer journey,” Naughton said. “We designed for ample daylight into patient areas, and simple, clear circulation and wayfinding to lessen patient stress. We also chose bold geometric forms to engage the mind, earthy materials to center the body and bright white accents to move the spirit.” Details include separating the patient from the comings and goings of the medical staff to further tranquility, and locating the infusion treatment on the top floor with expansive windows providing calming views. Waiting areas offer comfort the option of privacy or social interaction.

RATCLIFF was selected to plan and design the facility to reside in a building shell constructed previously by Samaritan Medical Center and leased by Stanford Health Care. The planning included extensive partnership with Stanford’s Patient and Family Advisory Councils, members of the local community and a multidisciplinary team of physicians and staff working in concert with the design team to create a welcoming and efficient layout. Design began in February 2013 and moved quickly through planning and agency approvals enabling construction to start in only eleven months. In addition, expeditious delivery of the project in coordination with the general contractor, Swinerton Builders, ensured the project reached the target cost and schedule. The project was completed in June 2015 and opened to the public on July 13.


  • 70,000 square foot, four story medical office building
  • Completion date: June 2015; Open to public: July 13, 2015
  • OSHPD 3 / Designed around LEED Silver criteria
  • Costs withheld
  • First Floor:
    • Light-filled main entrance and lobby
    • Quiet, comfortable waiting areas with computer access
    • Café
    • Radiology and radiation oncology treatment areas
    • PET, CT, MRI, Nuclear Medicine and Linear Accelerators
    • Treatment planning areas for private patient-physician interaction
  • Second Floor:
    • Two operating rooms, five pre- and post-anesthesia recovery bays and a sterile processing unit
    • Ultrasound and mammography machines, gamma camera, stereotactic room, general x-ray and film library
    • Strategically located operating rooms, radiology and pathology enabling department collaboration
  • Third Floor:
    • 21 private exam rooms, three procedure rooms and five consultant rooms
    • Family Resource Center and Health Library providing health information to patients and families
    • Private work core for staff
    • State-of-art conference room with video screens for dynamic analysis
    • Administrative suite designed to optimize collaboration and maximize space
  • Fourth Floor:
    • Infusion Center with beautiful, sweeping views of the foothills and natural light for patients undergoing treatment
    • 22 infusion chairs, two private infusion rooms, two injection stations and one procedure room
    • Pharmacy
    • 15 clinical exam rooms, with five serving as hybrid infusion bays
    • Clinical lab with four blood draw stations
    • Medical oncology clinics, labs and infusion areas conveniently located to maximize efficiency

Project Team:
Client: Stanford Health Care
Architect: RATCLIFF
General Contractor: Swinerton Builders
Structural Engineer: Degenkolb Engineers
Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Engineers: Interface Engineering
Civil Engineer: HMH
Acoustics: Charles Salter Associates
Food Service: RAS Design Group
Technology: TEECOM
Cost: Cumming

Headquartered in Northern California and in continuous operation since 1906, RATCLIFF provides architecture, master planning, interior design and sustainability consulting services to academic, healthcare and civic clients throughout the Western United States. RATCLIFF is architect for two additional new healthcare projects in the Silicon Valley region aside from this Stanford Cancer Center: San Jose State University’s new Student Health and Wellness Center (recently completed) and Valley Health Center in downtown San Jose. Other RATCLIFF healthcare projects include Morris Hyman Critical Care Pavilion of Washington Hospital in Fremont and NorthBay Healthcare’s Expansion project in Fairfield, (both under construction). RATCLIFF is the recipient of the Firm of the Year award from the American Institute of Architects, California Council. Visit ratcliffarch.com.

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