LDG Partners with UPMC Susquehanna on Cancer Center Expansion

In the age of COVID-19, the spotlight has been focused on healthcare workers and the tireless work they undertake to keep us safe. Larson Design Group (LDG) has made healthcare facilities a cornerstone of its business since its founding in 1986, and the company is proud to continue to provide innovative and integrated solutions that benefit this critically important sector. 

Over the last two years, UPMC Susquehanna has expanded its world-renowned Hillman Cancer Center to northcentral Pennsylvania, with a $13 million, multi-phase project at the Divine Providence Hospital in Williamsport. LDG provided Site Design and Civil Engineering services for the center, which opened in late December 2020 and offers award-winning, cutting-edge oncology work that is crucial for cancer patients, especially in the era of COVID-19, as those undergoing cancer treatments have compromised immune systems and are at high risk for contracting the virus.  

LDG collaborated with Trinity Planning and Design, the lead architect, on the project that focused on expanding the existing facility by approximately 8,500 square feet along the north side of the existing buildingThe goal was to connect the existing oncology facility with the new addition, and LDG was tasked with working with the current and proposed utilities for the facility and making any adjustments to allow the building addition to fit. Additionally, adjustments to allow for both the vehicular and pedestrian connectivity were required.  

LDG’s work on the Hillman expansion was another step in a long and fruitful relationship with Williamsport’s largest healthcare provider that dates to 2007, when LDG conducted Professional Design services for the first major expansion of the oncology department at Divine Providence and designed the campus’ Healing Garden, the first of its kind in Williamsport. This garden has significant meaning, as it was made possible through financial contributions made by the employees.  

“It’s always an honor to help create spaces in which patients can find a few minutes of solace or feel comfortable,” said LDG’s Chris Keiser, who served as Project Manager on the Hillman expansion. 

“Partnering with UPMC once again to further enhance their oncology offerings for the region is something we take great pride in,” said Brad Aurand, Director of LDG’s Site team. “It speaks not only to the skill and dedication of our team, but also our commitment to serve the communities in which we live and work.” 

Founded in 1986, Larson Design Group is an award-winning national architecture, engineering and consulting firm with 12 offices in five states and a vision to elevate client relationships, enrich the careers and lives of its employee-owners, and enhance the communities in which it operates. For more information, visit www.larsondesigngroup.com.  

The health and safety of our team members and clients is our top priority. Click here to read about LDG’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.