Trivers recently assisted the American Cancer Society in rethinking the design for their future facility in Jackson, Mississippi. University site constraints presented an opportunity to reimagine the potential that this particular site represented. The new design combines valuable knowledge gained through experience with other ACS Hope Lodge projects with local ACS Jackson priorities. Our team worked diligently to maintain the original design total square footage while strengthening important program connections and simplifying circulation.
Through discussions with both corporate and local ACS staff, we discovered the importance of “get away moments” within the design. Both patients and caregivers need opportunities for peaceful and private reflection and relaxation in locations other than the guest room or suite. By taking advantage of outdoor space and critically examining and developing interior circulation, many of these moments are created without requiring an increase in square footage. Healing gardens, outdoor patios, courtyards and exterior balconies give patients and caregivers ample opportunity for these important times of reflection during their treatment experience.