Currently being constructed adjacent to Advocate Illinois Masonic’s existing hospital, the SmithGroup designed Center for Advanced Care is the first of a planned two-phase building program that will add 156,000-square feet dedicated to cancer care, digestive health, and ambulatory surgery services. With completion expected for early 2015, the architects are striving for a building that is a response to the needs of their community. Not only does this building reflect the personality of their organization, but it will give them a platform to transform how they deliver care to their patients. More images and architects’ description after the break.
The services that we’ll be offering through the new center have been specifically identified as necessary. The three-story development will add six outpatient operating rooms with video integration capabilities, 18 prep and recovery rooms, two linear accelerators, 16 infusion bays, and a state-of-the-art teaching area. The facility will position Advocate Illinois Masonic to deliver enhanced care across outpatient services platforms.
To be located on a compact urban site in Chicago’s Lake View community, the building’s configuration and design will offer enhanced operational efficiencies for staff and create a beacon of hope for patients seeking a range of outpatient treatments. Materials and design aesthetics to be employed on the north side of the site will be representative of the residential community on neighboring Barry Street. Signature design elements on the south elevation will include a sweeping, curved glass façade with an integral passive sunshade system.
Public corridors outfitted with open seating and waiting areas will be located along the interior of the softly undulating circulation spine and will overlook Nelson Street, creating an easy-to-navigate wayfinding system for visitors. At street level, a three-story glass atrium lobby and reception area punctuates the facility’s main entrance.
The Angelo P. Creticos Cancer Center, currently sited at the southwest corner of Wellington and Mildred, will be relocated within the Center for Advanced Care and will encompass the garden level and north end of the facility’s first floor. The south end of the floor will house the digestive health clinic, along with a pre-surgery waiting area, a health resource center, conference facilities, and a café. The third floor will house an ambulatory surgery suite that will connect to the existing hospital.
Targeting LEED®-NC Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, the facility’s design has incorporated sustainable elements whenever possible. A garden wall implanted with vegetation that will be green year-round is a distinctive feature that will add depth to the building’s form and will symbolically enrich the patient experience. The development will also add approximately 21,000-square feet of green space for the community, including a community garden, a green roof, pathways and outdoor benches for patients and visitors to enjoy year-round.
Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Consultants: KJWW Engineering, Thornton Tomasetti, Turner Construction
Size: 156,000 square feet
Cost: $109 million
Groundbreaking: February 12, 2013
Targeted Completion: Early 2015