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Skip Viragh Outpatient Cancer Building

Opening Spring 2018

Skip Viragh Building Ayers Saint Gross Architects

This new patient care building is named for Albert P. “Skip” Viragh Jr., a Maryland mutual fund investment leader, philanthropist and pancreatic cancer patient treated at Johns Hopkins who died of the disease in 2003 at age 62. The building will provide clinical services to patients with solid tumors, accounting for more than 180 current patients daily and 60 to 80 new patients each week. The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building, the current clinical facility for the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, will expand outpatient services for patients with blood and bone marrow cancers, inpatient cancer treatment, and 24-hour oncology urgent care.

 Location

Northeast corner of Fayette Street and North Broadway on the Johns Hopkins medical campus; one of the highest elevations in East Baltimore, with views of downtown Baltimore and the Inner Harbor; adjacent to the Hackerman-Patz Patient and Family Pavilion, a residence for cancer patients during their treatment

Size

184,000 square feet, 10 floors

Features

  • Diagnostic and treatment planning services for new patients and multidisciplinary clinics, which are named for and modeled on one established by the Skip Viragh Center for Pancreatic Cancer Clinical Research and Patient Care, where patients benefit from a wide range of coordinated surgical, medical, radiation, and other consultations and services provided in one- to two-day visits
  • The Under Armour Breast Health Innovation Center, including breast cancer prevention and treatment  services, such as nutritional counseling and fitness evaluation
  • Waiting rooms that afford patients and visitors panoramic views of Baltimore City
  • Accented wall colors that will help orient visitors to the center of the building, where main elevators and stairwells will be located
  • In clinical spaces, designers have worked with patient advocates to choose soft earth-tone colors that create intimate, soothing spaces; glass, graphic enhancements and other materials that add light and texture
  • Direct connection via skywalk to the Orleans Street Garage, which is connected to the main buildings of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the hospital main loop circulation pathway
  • Phlebotomy, retail pharmacy and image recovery center on the first floor
  • 44 consultation and exam rooms
  • The Harry J. Duffey Family Patient and Family Services Program, education facilities and a meditation room
  • Cancer imaging, including MRI, CT, ultrasound and sonography
  • 38 private rooms for chemotherapy and other systemic infusion therapies; most of the rooms allow natural light through windows
  • Lactation room for mothers
  • Clinical research offices and conference space for faculty and staff members
  • Café for patients and staff members on the building’s top floor
  • First Johns Hopkins medical campus building to be carpet-free; terrazzo flooring in entryways, no-seam vinyl in clinical spaces, recycled rubber flooring in office spaces and poured resin flooring in bathrooms
  • Wi-Fi access throughout the building

Cost

$100 million, funded entirely by philanthropy, including a $65 million gift to honor Skip Viragh and a $10 million gift from Under Armour, both part of Rising to the Challenge: The Campaign for Johns Hopkins

Architects

Ayers Saint Gross and Wilmot Sanz 

Construction

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company