Ritchie Smith Associates provided landscape architectural design for the $42 million Kirkland Cancer Center on the campus of the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. A focal point of the state-of-the-art oncology center is the healing garden, designed to provide a place for respite and contact with nature for patients, visitors and staff. The garden is located adjacent to the two-story glass atrium, creating pleasant views from the hospital interior. It offers quiet space for individuals as well as gathering areas for groups, with choices of bench and table seating. A stone veneer wall, designed to enclose the outdoor space, creates a sense of privacy. The passage from the entry forecourt to the main garden is marked with a linear fountain accented with sculpture. An accessible path meanders throughout the garden lushly planted with a variety of native and ornamental plants. Design for the site included the vehicular court and entrance plaza, enhanced with planting, pavers, lighting, and site furnishings.
Award: American Society of Landscape Architects, Tennessee Chapter - Honor Award