LANCASTER –The City of Hope Antelope Valley full-service cancer center reached a key construction milestone Friday, as crews poured the concrete for the linear accelerator vault.
“This vault is key to the treatment that’s going to be going on at this cancer center,” said Rick Rowe, Vice President, Diagnostic and Support Services for Antelope Valley Hospital. “[The vault] is where all the cancer treatment and radiation treatment is going to be taking place, so it’s really critical.”
The new cancer treatment center will include a Varian Linear Accelerator with Rapid ARC technology, a sophisticated radiotherapy technology that delivers targeted radiation more quickly than other modern treatment, officials said.
To shield others from the radiation emitted during treatment, the vault housing the linear accelerator is being constructed with 500 cubic yards of concrete (approximately 2,025,000 pounds) in addition to 33.35 tons of rebar.
The vault’s walls and ceilings will be 3 feet thick, with the floors being 2 feet in thickness. An 8-foot concrete barrier is also being placed along the primary beam path.
Throughout Friday, 55 trucks were to be involved in the concrete pour, officials said.
The new 56,195-square-foot, 2-story medical and education center will house a full-service cancer center, along with a conference center, a 172-seat auditorium, and space for physician offices.
The facility will offer a full range of diagnostic and treatment options, clinical trials and research, as well as a complete support system designed to assist the patient throughout the entire cancer treatment process.
The City of Hope Antelope Valley’s mission is to provide world-class cancer care to the community of Antelope Valley in conjunction with Antelope Valley Hospital. Once constructed, the facility will help ease the burden on patients and their families who would normally have to travel a far distance away to get complete cancer treatment and care, Rowe explained.
“To get their care up here at a level they can get anywhere else, actually, in the world,” Rowe said. “It will be a great thing for this Valley.”
The new cancer treatment and community education facility is scheduled to open in the fall of 2013 at 44515 15th Street West in Lancaster.