Aquilino Cancer Center

Aquilino Cancer Center

Owner:  Shady Grove Adventist Health
Client:  Adventist HealthCare
Location:  Rockville, MD

Shady Grove Aquilino Cancer Center was a vision of Adventist HealthCare and a number of significant donors, specifically Michael Aquilino, to construct a state-of-the-art cancer treatment center in Montgomery County. Located in a Special Protection Area (SPA), the 50,000-square-foot, three-story building will offer a full range of clinical services including diagnostics, surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, pain management, clinical trials, support groups, and complementary alternative medicine. As a part of the Shady Grove Life Sciences Center and the Great Seneca Science Corridor, collaboration between physicians at the Center and local and national research organizations will offer patients a broader sense of cutting-edge medical treatments. The delivery schedule was constrained due to requirements stated in certain grants and public funding.

Soltesz provided innovative design to meet the requirements of the County’s Environmental Site Design (ESD) to the Maximum Extent Practicable (MEP) regulations that were further complicated since the site was within a Special Protection Area (SPA). Stormwater management was successfully designed through a combination of on- and off-site measures, including porous pavement, microbiolfilters, and a green roof. Construction and post-construction monitoring by Soltesz was done in accordance with the Best Management Practices (BMPs) monitoring protocols established by Montgomery County’s Department of Permitting Services and Department of Environmental Protection. Soltesz worked with the design team and the Montgomery County Department of Permitting Services to advance to project swiftly through the entitlement process into final design. Having worked on the strategic growth of the Shady Grove Campus, Soltesz was able to quickly navigate storm drainage and provide ESD for various utilities that were integrated on site.

Soltesz provided site construction administration services for the project and construction and post-construction monitoring by Soltesz was done in accordance with the Best Management Practices (BMP) monitoring protocols established by Montgomery County’s Department of Permitting Services and Department of Environmental Protection. The firm was responsible for the coordination between the design, contractor, and the ultimate user and provided the necessary combination of surveying and observation services to ensure compliance with County requirements. In addition, the center included extremely integrated and state-of-the-art environmental protection devices, which required precision construction, as well as oversight, during the design process.