As the first major project of Rush University Medical Center’s 10-year, $1 billion Campus Transformation Project, Perkins+Will planned and designed this new, state-of-the-art 840,000 square foot (78,040 square meter) hospital building. A large interventional platform crowned by a butterfly-shaped bed tower designed to minimize steps between staff and patients, the new hospital comprises 304 acute and critical care beds, 72 neonatal intensive care beds, and 10 labor and delivery beds. This iconic building, prominently located adjacent to a highway, has become a symbol of the reinvented Rush Medical Center and has earned a prominent place among new buildings in Chicago.
A key component of the new hospital is the interventional platform design. Floors 4, 5, and 7 are devoted exclusively to surgery, imaging, and specialty procedures. The adjacency of the facilities and equipment is designed to foster a collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach for specialists performing related procedures. The emergency department contains the McCormick Foundation Center for Advanced Emergency Response, one of the country’s few bioterrorism preparedness facilities, and is designed to handle large-scale health emergencies. The co-location of these key services also transforms the patient experience as it minimizes travel distances for patients and their families. This innovative concept is important to Rush’s goal of reorienting its facilities and very large campus around the patient.
Currently among the largest certified LEED NC Gold hospitals in the world, the project features rooftop gardens, green roofs, and rainwater catchment as well as technologies that reduce waste and conserve energy. It also incorporates a public transit station.