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Designed by ZGF Architects of Washington, DC, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute – Yawkey Center for Cancer Care provides world-class outpatient care and clinical facilities as a model for cancer centers of the future. This thirteen (13) story 275,000 sq. ft. center supports the institution’s strategic mission of leading edge “bench to bedside” research principles to bring scientific discoveries to the benefits of patients. Nearly every patient floor of the facility is physically tied to research floors in the existing adjacent laboratory building. The Yawkey Center has 104 exam rooms, 139 infusion chairs and houses a clinical research center, pharmacy and laboratory services complex.
FMS was engaged to conduct a thorough assessment of the building’s design for EMI interference threat concerns to sensitive clinical and research equipment. A document review and extensive 3-Dimension computer simulation studies were conducted to evaluate EMF emissions from the building’s electrical distribution, mechanical and other systems. Utilizing the computer simulation data, FMS identified multiple areas which were potentially at EMI risk due to adjacency high current electrical devices.
Areas at EMI risk concern included examination and infusion rooms plus research areas and telecom equipment rooms. To mitigate EMI threat concerns, FMS designed and implemented multiple special magnetic field shielding schemes to lower EMF levels to acceptable, non EMI threat levels.
Over its 20 years, FMS has successfully completed hundreds of EMI projects which included a diverse range of consulting and mitigation services.