Commodore Builders was selected to build this addition to the Simonds-Sinon Regional Cancer Center at UMass Memorial’s HealthAlliance Burbank Campus in Fitchburg, MA. The new “concrete vault” was constructed to house a $4 million state-of-the-art linear accelerator (LINAC). One of only a few of its kind in New England, the linear accelerator represents a significant expansion for the Cancer Care program.
Three-foot concrete walls and a five-foot thick concrete ceiling contain the radiation during patient treatments. Outside the construction area, day-to-day activities were carefully coordinated with hospital staff to avoid interruptions to patient access and care taking place in the adjacent linear accelerator.
The new mechanical utilities were tied into the Cancer Center facility without disturbing patient care. During one weekend, the existing LINAC #1 control room was relocated to an expanded control room and was fully operational by the following Monday morning. The relocation was seamless for staff and patients.
During construction, the Commodore team coordinated both outdoor and indoor activities with the hospital’s infection control team to minimize health risks to immune suppressed patients. Site logistic plans were created and reviewed with hospital staff to mitigate the impact of vehicular and pedestrian traffic on the construction site. Because the first major concrete pour required 130 concrete trucks to travel campus roadways, the team maintained heightened communications, awareness and control of vehicular and foot traffic patterns to ensure that patients, visitors and staff remained safe and could easily access the parking lots, sidewalks and building at all times.