Construction Starts for Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center

Construction Starts for Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center 
New Outpatient Facility, Designed by SmithGroupJJR, Has Broken Ground
in Chicago's Lake View Community 
CHICAGO, IL -- (Marketwire) -- 02/12/13 --  Today the design and
construction team of SmithGroupJJR, KJWW Engineering, Thornton
Tomasetti and Turner Construction broke ground on a new, $109 million
outpatient facility for Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in
Chicago, Ill. SmithGroupJJR, a recognized leader in architecture,
engineering and planning, is the designer of the three-story Center
for Advanced Care.  
To be constructed adjacent to Advocate Illinois Masonic's existing
hospital, the project -- the first of a planned two-phase building
program -- will add 156,000-square feet dedicated to cancer care,
digestive health and ambulatory surgery services. Completion is
targeted for early 2015. 
"This new building is a direct response to the needs of our
community," said Advocate Illinois Masonic President Susan Nordstrom
Lopez. "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. 
Design reflects commitment to patient-centered care
 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
facade 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
cafe. The third floor will house an ambulatory surgery suite that
will connect to the existing hospital. 
"Advocate Illinois Masonic is all about people and community," said
Tim Tracey, AIA, design principal for SmithGroupJJR's Chicago office.
"Not only does this building reflect the personality of their
organization, it will give them a platform to transform how they
deliver care to their patients."  
Green amenities include perpetual healing wall, vegetated roof  
Targeting LEED(R)-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.  
About SmithGroupJJR
 SmithGroupJJR ( is one of
the largest architecture, engineering and planning firms in the U.S.,
ranked a Top 10 design firm by Architect, the magazine of the
American Institute of Architects. Notable projects completed by the
firm's Chicago, Ill. office include interior architecture services
for the 446,000-square foot Headquarters for the Americas facility
for Astellas Pharma US, Inc. in Northbrook, Ill; urban design and
landscape planning services for Chicago's 91-acre Northerly Island
Framework Plan; the $37.5 million OSF Saint Francis Jump Trading
Simulation Education Center in Peoria, Ill., to be completed in
spring 2013; and the $95 million Electrical and Computer Engineering
Building for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to be
completed in fall 2014. A national leader in sustainable design,
SmithGroupJJR has 343 LEED professionals and 78 LEED certified
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