The Center for Building Hope
The new sustainable facility serves those affected by cancer (as many as 5,000 projected participants annually). This project, which was designed to meet the Gold level of LEED certification, consists of two buildings (one for administration and one for programs) on a five-acre site surrounded by gardens and nature preserves. TWC is also be pursuing certification from the Florida Green Builders Coalition. The garden that surrounds the two buildings on all sides is a core part of the healing environment. This project is amalgamation of design, healing, art and nature. The Counseling and Administration Center includes: a Reception Gallery and Lobby, four counseling rooms, one group counseling room, two family counseling rooms, one private counseling room, nine offices, a board room, staff room, library and an Internet café.
The Program Pavilion includes - a 2,300 SF Seminar Studio with room for 150 people, a Mind-Body Studio for health programs and activities, a Children’s Expressive Arts Studio for play and art therapy, a teaching kitchen to learn healthy eating habits and healthy meal preparation, an Ask-the-Doctor living room, a counseling room, an Inspiration Hall Gallery, Media Center and laundry room
Surrounding the facility are the Healing Gardens with a wildlife lake, labyrinth, contemplation garden, children’s play therapy, Tai Chi lawn, medicinal herb garden, mind, body and spirit garden, bird & butterfly garden, meditation garden, dining terrace with pergola, waterfall and scented garden.
One of the design highlights of the new facility is an arched structure called the Bridge of Hope which spans the two buildings. This curved formation connects the two buildings, combining it into one.
Constructed of 200 to 500 year old Florida river- recovered heart pine timber, the bridge also is used as a walkway cover for the pathway between the two buildings.