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Delray Medical Group Medical Office Building Proton Therapy Cancer Treatment

Construction of the new facility brought the first proton therapy center offering advanced cancer treatments to the Palm Beaches.

state of the art radiation and proton therapy treatment center

Gilbane provided construction management at-risk services for the construction of a new 36,000 SF, two-story outpatient medical office building facility that houses proton therapy and linear radiation within the Delray Medical Center campus. The Delray Proton Therapy center stands amongst a select group of hospitals in the United States that offer proton therapy using the latest technology.

The goal of the project was to create a state-of-the-art radiation oncology center for cancer treatment using proton beam and linear radiation technology. A cyclotron particle accelerator, proton beam line and treatment gantry are at the core of the facility. Support space includes clinic, proton support, CT, reception, staff and utility space.

Quick Facts about the cyclotron:

      • The cyclotron contains about ~25 miles of highly conductive wiring
      • The cyclotron is cooled to -450 degrees Fahrenheit and accelerates protons to two-thirds the speed of light (over 100,000 miles per second)
      • The treatment room will have a three-story gantry, with an arm which rotates 360 degrees around the patient directing the protons to where they are needed.
      • The cyclotron is manufactured in Germany and shipped by sea to a nearby port for transport via a specialized semi-trailer.
      • Protons are guided using huge magnets along a beam line and into a treatment room where the beam is delivered with millimeter accuracy to target the cancer cells.

Client Value

Gilbane worked with a large team of subcontractors, engineering consultants, equipment vendors and the architect to optimize the design for mechanical systems and MEPFP coordination within the facility. The main proton equipment is an 85’ wide Gantry that rotates 360 degrees inside a concrete vault. The complex design was supported with over four miles of conduit, all housed within one room.
Gilbane’s in-house VDC team worked with 16 different parties to provide services including filling in model scope gaps, coordinating MEPFP systems, and laser scanning to deliver a high-quality end product. Tasks achieved by the project team included: delivery of shop drawings with clash-free designs, checked radiation blockage requirements, fit in owner-provided equipment, verified concrete pour tolerance, and verified in-progress as-built conditions to minimize potential risks.