Sauer-ELM design of headquarters for Cancer Specialists

Construction to begin this spring and be completed by early 2013

The ELM-Sauer design-build team completed the design for the Administrative Headquarters for the Cancer Specialists of North Florida, the region's largest and most respected oncology physician practice. ELM, a Jacksonville, Florida, and Seattle, Washington, based architecture, design, and planning firm, designed the master plan for the company's five-acre parcel and its 21,200-square-foot office building in the Southpoint area in collaboration with Sauer Inc., the construction managers of the project.

The design of the building favors open collaborative workspaces, introduces natural light to interior spaces, and connects the outdoor and indoor spaces. Through the use of windows and integration of landscape and outdoor patios, ELM has created an office environment intended to promote health, wellness, and inspiration.

“This new office will provide Cancer Specialists of North Florida with a highly visible office presence along the fast-growing Butler Boulevard corridor,” says Russ Ervin, one of ELM's partners. “Their practice is doing important work helping people survive cancer and is recognized as one of the premier and most progressive physician groups in the region. This building is being designed to represent their unique spirit of innovation and professionalism,” Ervin said.

The Administrative Headquarters will be the first building to be built on Cancer Specialists of North Florida's five-acre campus and is a $3 million project. Together with offices to support the physicians practice, the building's design provides education and presentation space for the public, reinforcing the practice's larger mission of community engagement, education, and healing.

“Cancer is a terrible disease that has affected nearly every single person in one way or another, and this building will allow the physicians to better serve their patients and the public and will be a resource to help people fight and survive cancer,” Ervin said.

The Administration Complex will serve as the central technology hub for the oncology network and is designed to operate through a Category III storm event. Cancer Specialists of North Florida chose the Sauer-ELM team due to their ability to carry the firm through the entire master planning, design, and construction process.

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ELM is a leading Environmental Design practice that creates sustainable, inspired places for people. The firm's leadership, innovation, and collaborative spirit are applied to the disciplines of planning, architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and environmental graphics. ELM's commitment to design, sustainability, and a multidisciplinary perspective brings value to national and international urban, mixed-use, destination resort, residential, zoological and aquaria, education, civic, cultural, and strategic conservation projects. For more information about ELM, visit or call 904-296-8066.

Sauer Incorporated is a national construction management, design-build, and general contracting company headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, with division and regional offices located throughout the United States. Sauer Inc. has been providing professional construction services that have exceeded customers' expectations since 1876. For more information about Sauer, please contact Brian Franco at 904-262-6444 or visit