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Highlands Oncology Group Cancer Treatment Center, Rogers, Ark.

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The new cancer treatment center provides a comprehensive approach to cancer treatment in a state-of-the-art facility. The physician owners insisted that the center be designed to create a pleasant, welcoming environment for patients.

According to Robert Kelly, president, Core Architects: "Before we got involved, the owners had originally involved a design/build firm that couldn't bring the project in on budget. Working closely with Crossland Construction Co., [the general contractor], we redesigned the project and not only brought it in 'on the money' but also gave the owners more square footage. The Citadel cladding, along with other elements, helped do that."

Approximately 15,000 square feet of Citadel Architectural Products Inc.'s Envelope 2000 metal composite material (MCM) was used to create aesthetic appeal, as well as meet budget requirements. The Citadel panels were installed using the Reveal (RV) System, a field-assembled attachment method utilizing perimeter moldings.

Approximately 300 Citadel panels were installed on the upper areas of the building and interface with brick at the base. "We wanted the building to have a clean and sophisticated look," Kelly said. "The Citadel panels helped accentuate the design vision."

The first floor includes diagnostic and treatment areas and the second floor offers a 5,000-square-foot chemotherapy suite complete with four private treatment rooms. The project required special construction measures due to the necessary 7-foot-thick walls and roof and neutronshielded doors for radiation absorption.

General contractor/installer: Crossland Construction Co. Inc., Columbus, Kan.

Architect: Core Architects, Rogers

Sales representative: J.D. Day & Co., Overland Park, Kan.

Metal wall panels: Citadel Architectural Products Inc., Indianapolis,