Living Well Cancer Resource Center (Warrenville)
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center, a part of Northwestern Medicine, has experienced a growth in number of participants throughout the Western Chicago Suburbs over the last several years. As such, they decided to expand the footprint into DuPage County. The organization, whose focus is to help cancer patients and their caregivers, selected Kluber Architects + Engineers to design their second facility.
The renovation of LivingWell’s DuPage County location allowed for the development of several new and redesigned service areas:
- A Wig Boutique:
- For patients experiencing hair loss as a result of cancer treatment, LivingWell offers wig consultations. This designated room provides a relaxing, yet fun experience where wigs can be comfortably tried on and styled. Through generous donations from community organizations and individuals, all wigs are available at no cost to patients.
- Art Room:
- Patients at LivingWell have access to a variety of classes facilitated by their in-house art instructor. From acrylic painting to creating collages, this dedicated room fosters creativity and connection.
- Yoga Studio:
- LivingWell’s dedicated yoga studio provides patients with an outlet for stress management while learning balance, flexibility, and more. Its calming artwork and lighting set the scene for restoration.
- Counseling Spaces:
- From support groups to one-on-one counseling sessions, LivingWell offers a space for individuals, families, and children to meet with professional counselors and social workers.
- Meeting Spaces:
- There are three different sized meeting rooms within the space, providing comfortable spaces for small and large group counseling, and educational programs.
The footprint of the available space for LivingWell’s expansion was long and narrow, which presented various design challenges. For example, it took significant creativity to position the spaces within the building along the window wall without creating a long hallway in the interior. The solution for this challenge involved making the corridor a key feature element of the space, including areas for seating, creating spaces for art, using wood and stone wall features, as well as making the ceiling a design element.
- Electrical Engineering
- Interior Design
- Mechanical Engineering