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Cancer Patient Housing Project Under Way in South Lake Union

Contact Information:
Dean Forbes
(206) 667-2896

SEATTLE – A six-story, 80-room, motel-style housing project designed for out-of-town cancer patients of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance today broke ground in the South Lake Union neighborhood. When the $22.9 million facility opens in the spring of 2009, it will join the nearby Pete Gross House in providing out-of-town SCCA cancer patients with an additional option for where to stay during short- and long-term treatments.

The yet-unnamed building will help fill significant lodging demand for patients and their caregivers during various forms of cancer treatment, which can last up to six weeks. Local hotels have been the only other choices for out-of-town patients aside from the 70-unit Pete Gross House, which is only available to patients who are undergoing bone-marrow or stem-cell transplants at the SCCA. The Pete Gross House has a large waiting list because the highly regarded transplantation program draws patients nationally and internationally. Transplant treatment typically lasts several months.

“By providing additional patient housing options, the SCCA is improving access to high-quality, patient-focused care for patients seeking the expertise and technologies of a regional cancer center,” said Norm Hubbard, executive vice president.

The building will be located on the southeast corner of Pontius Avenue North and John Street and will be about 63,400 square feet minus parking. The rooms will rent at a competitive market rate of $85 nightly. Each unit will measure about 500 square feet and include two beds, a full bath, a microwave and a small refrigerator.

Patient rooms will take up the top four stories of the building. The second floor will have common spaces – kitchen, teen room, workout room, library, all-ages recreation room and an outdoor courtyard. The street-level first floor will house retail space and administrative offices. Underground parking will accommodate 40 vehicles, and shuttle service will provide transportation to the SCCA outpatient clinic building, University of Washington Medical Center and Children’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center. Construction will include many “green” elements to conserve energy and resources with the goal of meeting LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification standards.

Partners in construction and operation include Weinstein A/U architects, general contractor Walsh Construction and Pinnacle Management, which will run the building when it opens.

About Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, established in 1998, unites the adult and pediatric cancer-care services of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, UW Medicine and Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center. A major focus of SCCA is to speed the transfer of new diagnostic and treatment techniques from the research setting to the patient bedside while providing premier, patient-focused cancer care. Patients who come to SCCA receive the latest research-based cancer therapies as well as cutting-edge treatments for a number of non-malignant diseases under development by its partner organizations. SCCA has three clinical-care sites: an outpatient clinic on the Fred Hutchinson campus, a pediatric-inpatient unit at Children’s and an adult-inpatient unit at UW Medical Center. For more information about SCCA, visit www.seattlecca.org.