Cannon Design completes 'the most environmentally responsible hospital in American Midwest'
Cannon Design has completed a new US$201 million, eight-storey patient care tower for Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. The 192-bed facility, designed to the highest standards of patient and staff safety and environmental sustainability, is the first hospital in the Midwest to achieve LEED Gold certification.
The new 35,670 sq m building housing Lutheran General Children’s Hospital was designed to improve quality of life for patients and caregivers, achieve substantial energy and water-use savings and serve as a community partner. Sustainability was pinned as a key objective from conception and as a result, the building’s mechanical and electrical systems will reduce energy use by 21 percent.
Rainwater collected on site is filtered through rain gardens with 31,000 native plants before reaching city storm sewers. The green roof retains 50 percent of the water during an average rainfall insulates the tower while the driveway’s pervious pavement captures water. All of these features lighten the load on the municipal water system.
As the new front door to the 645-bed teaching hospital, the tower has a responsibility to create a serene, healthy environment for the public. Patients and visitors can relax in a healing garden that joins the space between the existing hospital building and new tower. The children's hospital includes a rooftop garden for patients and their families; one of the few such outdoor facilities in the United States.