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Rush University Medical Center Transformation Program

Rush University Medical Center Transformation Program

Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.

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Rush University Medical Center’s transformation program invests new
technologies and buildings to improve patient care, while also reorganizing
the entire Rush campus.

Thornton Tomasetti was the structural engineer for the multi-year
redevelopment plan, providing structural design services for a new 845,000-
square-foot, 14-story hospital addition; an entry pavilion that connects to the
existing hospital; and the renovation of the existing hospital. The project
included the design and construction of a new loading dock, utility tunnels, a
pedestrian bridge, a central utility plant and a medical office building.

The new hospital addition utilizes a steel-frame system with steel columns
and composite steel beams. The lateral system is composed of reinforced
concrete shearwalls. The addition’s foundations are belled and straight shaft
caissons. The addition incorporates an interventional platform concept, that
devotes three floors to surgery, imaging and specialty procedures and allows
multiple specialists to collaborate and treat patients using state-of-the-art
technologies.

The entry pavilion serves as the main entrance to both the new addition and
the existing hospital. The pavilion boasts a three-story-high lobby area with
an open-air terrarium that extends 40 feet to a roof-top garden. Natural
daylighting filters into the space through two skylights. Pedestrian bridges
running through the pavilion improve patient conveyance and circulation by
providing a direct route from the patient floors to specialists located in the
new hospital.

The new hospital building is the largest new-construction healthcare project
in the world to be LEED Gold certified.

Project Stats

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Owner: Rush University Medical Center

Architect: Perkins+Will

Completion Date: 2012