South Lake Union Clinic Expansion

New Clinic Building Opened in March

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center opened a six story 150,000 square foot extension of the South Lake Union Clinic beginning in March 2023 that allows us to expand existing outpatient clinic services with exciting innovations in how patient care is delivered. It also allows us to continue expanding services that we offer to the community. 

The building design includes three new floors that support our “care neighborhood” concept. Each care neighborhood consists of about 10 “flex rooms” that are used for most patient care, including drawing labs, having clinic visits, education visits and treatments. This design aims to reduce the overall time a patient may spend in the building. Additionally, the fifth floor features expanded and improved procedure and post-op rooms where patients can recover from port placement, biopsies and other outpatient procedures.

South Lake Union clinic building #2
Extension of the South Lake Union Clinic building. Photo by Robert Hood / Fred Hutch News Service
Introducing the new South Lake Union clinic building

The new clinic building allows us to expand our existing outpatient clinic services to continue to provide life-saving treatment for our patients with exciting innovations in how that care is delivered.

Learn more about the opening of the new clinic building in South Lake Union on Fred Hutch News.

Key Features

The intent was to create a building that fit into the Fred Hutch campus ‘theme’, but that was also immediately obvious to patients as being the clinic. The project leveraged an “Integrated Facilities Design” process where a diverse team of end-users – including patients – created the basic footprints of the space and designed the clinics from their perspectives and needs.

Clinic room with two chairs

Care Neighborhoods

Care neighborhoods flip the traditional model of outpatient cancer care. Rather than having patients visit different locations in the center for specific services, the patient is largely able to stay in one area, and we bring the services to them. 

  • 96 total “flex rooms” for patient care
  • 8 procedure rooms and 2 interventional radiology suites 
  • 20 pre/post recovery rooms
Clinic hallway

Integrated Facilities Design

The project leveraged an “Integrated Facilities Design” process where a diverse team of end-users – including patients – created the basic footprints of the space and designed the clinics from their perspectives and needs.

  • 150,000 square feet (current building is 210,000 square feet)
  • 6 floors (including A-level, ground floor)
  • More than 70 new fulltime staff positions
Clinic sitting space with a view outside

Patient Promenades

The new building lacks traditional waiting rooms, instead, every treatment floor has a roomy lake-view corridor that stretches the entire length of the building with couches, chairs, small alcoves and shielded sections for those who are especially immunocompromised (or infectious). 

  • Additional consult rooms equipped for telehealth
  • New café area with coffee and grab-and-go items
  • Fully automated 160-stall parking garage (underground)

 

Rendering of the MRI machine

State-of-the-Art Imaging

The new clinic building also boasts new technology. Three new MRI machines, along with a new positron emission tomography-magnetic resonance imaging (PET MRI) machine will offer better imaging and detection of soft tissue cancers. 

  • Leading-edge PET MRI suite
  • 3 MRI suites
  • Computerized tomography (CT) angiography machine

 

 

Automated Parking Facility

Experience our new automated parking facility

The automated parking garage minimizes hassle for patients while maximizing space.