Construction has started on a $109m outpatient facility at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago’s Lake View community in Illinois, US.
Designed by SmithGroupJJR, the three-storey facility will be built adjacent to Advocate Illinois Masonic’s existing hospital.
KJWW Engineering, Thornton Tomasetti and Turner Construction are partners in the project.
The project is the first of a planned two-phase building programme and upon completion it will add 156,000ft² of space to be used for cancer care, digestive health and ambulatory surgery services.
After completion, the new facility will add six outpatient operating rooms with video integration capabilities, 18 prep and recovery rooms, two linear accelerators, 16 infusion bays, and a teaching area to the centre.
SmithGroupJJR said that materials and design aesthetics to be used on the north side of the site will be representative of the residential community on neighbouring Barry Street.
Plans also include a curved glass façade with an integral passive sunshade system on the south elevation.
Public corridors outfitted with open seating and waiting areas will be situated along the interior of the circulation spine and will overlook Nelson Street.
A three-storey glass atrium lobby and reception area will be located at street-level to serve as the facility’s main entrance.
The Angelo P. Creticos Cancer Center, currently located at the south-west corner of Wellington and Mildred, will be relocated within the centre for advanced care featuring the garden level and north end of the facility’s first floor.
The southern end of the floor will feature a digestive health clinic, a pre-surgery waiting area, a health resource centre, conference facilities, and a cafe.
The third floor of the facility will feature an ambulatory surgery suite, which will link to the existing hospital.
Sustainable features of the building include a garden wall implanted with vegetation, around 21,000ft² of green space, a community garden, a green roof and outdoor benches for patients and visitors.
Advocate Illinois Masonic president Susan Nordstrom Lopez said, "The services that we’ll be offering through the new center have been specifically identified as necessary."
The facility is scheduled to be completed in early 2015 and expected to get LEED Silver certification from the US Green Building Council.
Image: The three-storey facility will be built adjacent to Advocate Illinois Masonic’s existing hospital. Photo: Market Wire.