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UW Cancer Center at Johnson Creek, Johnson Creek, WI

2006 Project Innovations recipient, submitted by OWP/P



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Submitting Company
OWP/P, Chicago, IL

Project Team
(not all-inclusive)
University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics, Watertown Memorial Hospital, and Fort HealthCare, owners;
OWP/P, architect/designer;
Affiliated Engineers, MEP engineer;
Graef, Anhalt, Schloemer and Associates, structural and civil engineer;
CG Schmidt Construction, general contractor;
River Valley Testing Corp., survey/soils/environmental consultant;
Birrenkott Surveying Inc., surveyor.

Project Specifics
Building type/use: Healthcare
Square footage: 14,300 square feet
Project cost: $5.8 million
Project completion: October 2005

Product Suppliers
(not all-inclusive)

  • Armstrong
  • Automated Logic
  • Carrier Corp.
  • Chicago Faucets
  • Crossville Inc.
  • Elkay Cos.
  • Endicott Clay Products Co.
  • Firestone
  • Greenheck Fan Corp.
  • Interface
  • Kawneer
  • Ledalite
  • Lithonia Lighting
  • Maharam
  • Pass & Seymour/ Legrand
  • Ruskin
  • Sherwin-Williams
  • Sloan Valve Co.
  • Spacesaver Corp.
  • Specified Technologies Inc.
  • Square D/Schneider Electric
  • Tremco


The UW Cancer Center at Johnson Creek gives southeastern Wisconsin residents local access to leading-edge research and treatments offered by the UW Comprehensive Cancer Center in Madison, WI.

Virtually all types of cancer are treated at the new center, which offers medical and radiation oncology services, chemotherapy treatments, and clinical trials.

Special Design Feature
The team aimed to create a warm, inviting, and supportive patient-friendly environment - all enhanced by a rustic, natural setting. OWP/P designed the building to fit seamlessly into the landscape. The space is inspired by elements found in rural architecture (metal roofs, post and beam construction, brick, and split-faced concrete block). The pastoral surroundings demanded scenic views from the inside out. Ample use of glass allows visual access to the woodlands for patients, families, and staff.

Design/Construction Challenge
Construction costs for a cancer center project of a similar size and configuration built in the region over a 5-year period have ranged between $210 and $230 per square foot. The UW project had a budget based upon $182 per square foot. The design team creatively employed utilitarian materials like brick, split-face concrete block, steel, wood, and glass to meet programmatic and budget requirements yet still create a nurturing, light-filled space.


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