State-Of-The-Art Healthcare Facility Under Construction

This article originally ran in the July 2009 issue of Construction Digest, an ACP publication

Project features an 815,000-square-foot replacement hospital

By Aram Kalousdian

A new state–of-the-art 47-acre integrated healthcare campus in Elmhurst, IL, just west of downtown Chicago, IL, is being constructed for Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare. The project began in March 2008 and it is expected to be completed in May 2011.

The project includes an 815,000-square-foot replacement hospital, a 25,000-square-foot addition to the Center for Health in order to accommodate its increasing outpatient volume, a 20,000-square-foot energy center and parking for 2,000 cars. The project also includes two medical office buildings that will each be 90,000 square feet. The medical office buildings are currently in the planning stages. One of the medical office buildings will focus on cardiac care and the other will focus on women’s services and cancer care.

The replacement hospital will include approximately 259 private patient rooms and 15 operating rooms and will serve cardiology, oncology and women’s services centers.

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The Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare integrated healthcare campus is under construction.

Gilbane Building Company is the construction management company for the project. Gilbane’s headquarters is in Providence, RI. The company has a regional office in Chicago, IL. Hammes Company is the program manager for the project.

There has been an extensive amount of site work on the project. “We have a deep foundation system in place. The replacement hospital is sitting on piles. We have less than ideal soil conditions on this project,” Tony Nugent, project executive for Gilbane Building Company said.

“Approximately 75 percent of the replacement hospital building footprint sits on an area that is very silty and wet and the finished elevation of the basement is 2 feet below the surrounding water table.

Bennett & Brosseau Roofing Inc. uses a Genie Telescopic S Stick Boom on the Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare project.
Bennett & Brosseau Roofing Inc. uses a Genie Telescopic S Stick Boom on the Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare project.

“Before excavating for the basement, we installed sheeting that provides water retention and is a cut-off wall. That was driven around approximately 75 percent of the building footprint. The basement is approximately 170,000 square feet.

“Once the cut-off wall was in place, we drilled approximately 1,400 auger cast piles into the ground. Those are clustered three to five per column and capped with a large concrete cap. That was the base for the steel columns. So, the foundation wall surrounding the basement and the footings for the interior columns are all sitting on piles. The piles go down anywhere from 30 feet to 55 feet below grade. The majority of the existing site was raised from 3 feet to 6 feet in order to accommodate the first floor elevation of the hospital as well as the parking lots. Once we got past the pile caps, it’s pretty much a traditional building structure from there up.”

The site work includes two retaining ponds on the south side of the site. The storm water from the hospital campus as well as some of the surrounding neighborhood streets drains through the site through a new network of storm sewers, which drain into the ponds. The storm water system was constructed in 2008.

The buildings are being constructed with steel and the exteriors include a combination of cold form framing with a brick veneer.

“Constructing a new campus provides us with the opportunity to build a state-of-the-art hospital that meets the needs of our patients, visitors, staff and physicians,” Leo Fronza, president of Elmhurst Memorial Hospital said.  “Our vision for a new facility is about improved performance and teamwork – how we positively impact patient safety, patient satisfaction and clinical outcomes.”

: Work proceeds on the Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare integrated healthcare campus project.
: Work proceeds on the Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare integrated healthcare campus project.

The hospital’s design will focus on the patient’s experience. To promote healing of the mind, body and spirit, the hospital will include extensive landscaping and be surrounded by green spaces, ponds and healing gardens to create a building in a garden concept.

The interior design will use natural light and other features to create a “non-institutional” feel. All patient rooms will include hotel-like amenities, such as room service on request and comfortable places for families to visit and stay with loved ones. In order to promote safety, the patient rooms will be laid out exactly the same instead of having mirrored rooms with left-hand and right-hand orientations. Beds, supplies and equipment will be located in the same place from one room to another.

“The new Elmhurst Memorial Hospital is evidence that it is possible to create a truly positive experience for everyone who will walk through our doors,” Robert Soukup, chairman of the Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare Board of Trustees said at the project’s groundbreaking ceremony in May 2008. It will be a hospital where modern technology joins with compassion to treat the whole person, not just an illness. It will be a hospital flexible enough to adapt and grow to meet the ever-changing needs of our communities.”

Subcontractors on the project include Archon Construction Company, of Addison, IL (site utilities); Dupage Topsoil, Inc., of West Chicago, IL (excavation); Hayward Baker, Inc., of Roselle, IL (earth retention); Case Foundation Company, of Roselle, IL ( Auger cast piles); Abbey Paving Company, of Aurora, IL (asphalt paving); R. Olson Construction Company, of Bloomingdale, IL (concrete); J&E Duff, of West Chicago, IL (masonry); LeJeune Steel Company, of Minneapolis, MN (steel fabrication); Chicago Steel Construction, of Merrillville, IN (steel erection) and Bennett & Brosseau Roofing, of Romeoville, IL (roofing).

Other subcontractors on the project include Thorne Associates, Inc., of Chicago, IL (drywall and acoustical ceilings); Alliance Glass & Metal, of Romeoville, IL (curtain wall and windows); RG Construction Services, Inc., of Elmhurst, IL (exterior studs and sheathing); Otis Elevator Company, of Lombard, IL; VMI Mechanical Systems, of Arlington Heights, IL (heating, ventilating and air conditioning sheet metal); Advance Mechanical Systems, Inc., of Mount Prospect, IL (mechanical piping); United States Fire protection, of Lake Forest, IL; ITG Solutions, Inc., of Homewood, IL (temperature controls) and Meade Electric Company, of McCook, IL.

The mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering firm is Korda/Nemeth, of Columbus, OH and the civil engineering firm is V3, of Chicago, IL. The architects are Albert Kahn Associates, of Detroit, MI and Pratt Design Studios, of Chicago, IL.

Material quantities include 12,000 linear feet of mostly concrete storm sewer pipe; 3,500 linear feet of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) sanitary sewer pipe; 3,500 linear feet of ductile water main; 330,000 cubic yards of mass excavation; 55,000 cubic yards of granular fill; 33,700 square feet of sheeting; 1,200 piles totaling 60,000 linear feet with 143 tons of rebar and 3,000 cubic yards of concrete; 19,690 cubic yards of stone; an additional 28,000 cubic yards of concrete with 800 tons of rebar; 1,200,000 bricks; 7,500 tons of steel and an additional 7,500 tons of steel with 870,000 square feet of decking.

Additional material quantities include 160,000 square feet of single ply roofing; 32,000 square feet of garden roof assembly; 69,000 square feet of shingle roofing; 3,200,000 square feet of drywall; 630,000 square feet of acoustical ceiling; 41,000 square feet of curtain wall; 18,000 square feet of windows; 250,000 square feet of exterior wall; 15 elevators; 1,500,000 pounds of ductwork; 85,000 linear feet of heating, cooling and medical gas piping; 8,600 sprinkler heads; 1,300 variable air volume box controllers; 1,400 automatic valves; 1,500,000 linear feet of conduit; 2,200,000 linear feet of wire; 16,000 light fixtures and 84,000 electrical devices.

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