New Multidisciplinary Cancer Center in Tigard for Compass Oncology

Feb 28, 2017

On the Boards: Compass Oncology cancer center

A 36,000-square-foot building is planned in the Tigard Triangle to serve Compass Oncology. (Courtesy of JRJ Architects)

Compass Oncology is building a new multidisciplinary cancer center in Tigard. Crews have already begun early grading; construction of the structure is set to start this spring.

“We have to go in for plan review, and construction should begin at the end of March or (beginning of) April,” said Scott Harris, a project architect with JRJ Architects.

The 36,000-square-foot facility is going up in the Tigard Triangle in the northeast corner of the city. Compass Oncology will be located between Southwest 72nd Avenue to the east, Southwest Dartmouth Street to the north, a Walmart store to the west and vacant land to the south. Lease Crutcher Lewis is the project’s contractor. The center will be Compass Oncology’s seventh in the Portland-metro area where patients are served.

The property’s slope – the southeast corner is nearly 40 feet higher than the northwest corner – has presented an early challenge for the project team. The parking lot must be relatively flat because many patients are older and have limited mobility. Also, the city of Tigard required that a pedestrian path be created to allow access to the Walmart building from 72nd Avenue.

In addition, the building’s design received major revisions.

“The original design we proposed was more of a conventional one-story building,” Harris said. “The owner wanted to give it a cutting-edge look to reflect the technology that will be used.”

That technology will include a high-dose radiation room. That produces its own challenges because the linear accelerator that produces the radiation used in many treatments must be in a concrete vault that is three to six feet thick. Despite receiving unanimous approval from the Tigard Planning Commission, the project had to go before the Tigard City Council when a neighbor appealed the commission’s OK. The city unanimously rejected the appeal.

Harris said that if the project remains on schedule, he expects the center to open by the middle of May 2018. When finished, the facility will house 80 employees, including 12 oncologists.

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