October 27, 2021

Guthrie cancer center construction to begin next week

Kevin L. Smith/staff reporter

Architect Bob Siegart discusses development plans Wednesday for a new $10.6 million cancer treatment center at Guthrie Cortland Medical Center. Work to build the facility begins next week.

Construction for the $10.6 million Guthrie Cortland Cancer Treatment Center begins in about a week, Guthrie Cortland Medical Center President Jennifer Yartym announced Wednesday.

About 10 neighbors were present for the announcement at the West Main Street parking across the street from the hospital.

Jeremy Thurston, president of Hayner Hoyt Corp. of Syracuse, said his crew hopes to pour concrete near the end of September and work through October to put in the concrete vault for a linear accelerator. He expects completion of the project by Aug. 1.

The crew will set structural steel in late October, Thurston said. Parking, paving, curbing and sidewalk projects will come in the spring.

Yartym said construction was slated for March or April, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re excited to finally move forward,” she said.

Two houses were knocked down to make space for the building at West Main and Loope streets, Yartym said. Its main entrance will face the emergency department, said architect Bob Siegart of Schopfer Architects of Syracuse.

Siegart said the plan for the 3-acre site would include bioretention, or rain gardens, using soil, plants and microbes to treat stormwater before it is discharged.

There will also be new lighting, Siegart said, 20-foot-tall shielded LED lamps instead of 30-foot-tall unshielded lights.

The 10,825-square-foot cancer treatment center will bring together radiation and medical oncology with a new linear accelerator and 10 chemotherapy infusion chairs. It will include six exam rooms, an exam/procedure room and a patient meeting room. It will also feature two lab phlebotomy stations and onsite pharmacy, space for four healthcare providers and electronic medical records.

“We think it’s going to be a huge benefit for the community and our patients,” Yartym said.