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Cancer Center Expansion Emphasizes Nature, Green Space

Wed, 10 Jul 2013 17:34:52 CDT
By: Rachel Darling

Cancer Center Expansion Emphasizes Nature, Green Space A recognition of the healing power of nature lies at the root of the Community Cancer Center's new expansion. Officials at the center broke in Normal ground today for the project, featuring a design focus on maximizing green space. The emphasis on making most of the site's wooded area, which sits along Constitution Trail, was driven by some of the Center's survivors says architect Russell Francois. He says when the center was being planned years ago, he pitched two designs-- a "green site" and a site in downtown Bloomington.


Francois says a "significant" loss of green space comes with new construction. He says trees planted by nearby and now defunct Custer's Nursery will be moved to the site, making the "protected enclaves" as viable as possible.


The emphasis on green space also came from the Center's desire to maximize the effect of nature in treatment says Francois...


Francois says working with the community's cancer survivors was a "high point." The expansion will double the square footage of the facility, adding 35,000 square feet at a cost of $9 million dollars. Co-Chair of Capital Campaign Duane Farrington says $5 million dollars have been raised by the community thus far.


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