Kaiser Permanente Cancer Treatment Center at Oyster Point in South San Francisco, Calif. Courtesy Technical Imagery Studios.

Kaiser Permanente Cancer Treatment Center at Oyster Point



Thornton Tomasetti was the structural engineer for an innovative cancer center that treats as many as 1,000 patients per year. The center is equipped with cutting-edge stereotactic radiosurgery technology that allows for the noninvasive and highly focused treatment of malignant and benign brain tumors, four linear accelerators, a CT scanner, a dosimetry area, and 12 examination rooms.

The building’s modern and linear exterior is offset by a softened interior that incorporates natural elements. Despite site restrictions, the design introduces daylight into the facility in key areas. Linear skylights and glazing provide visual cues and illuminate the path of travel. Walls in critical locations are free of miscellaneous devices and are reserved to display carefully chosen artwork. Finish materials, selected to ensure high-quality indoor air, are low emitting, recycled, rapidly renewable, and easily maintainable to sustain high performance over time.

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