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Ground broken for new Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital

Ground broken for new Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital

Ground broken for new Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Sept. 5, 2014) — Officials recently broke ground for Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital’s new patient-care building, the first phase of a $378 million campus revitalization project designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. More than 300 people attended the ceremony in Lake Forest, Ill. Including hospital representatives, state and Lake County elected officials, and the PCPA team. The new hospital, slated to open 2017, contains:

  • 114 private inpatient beds
  • 72 outpatient care spaces
  • Eight operating rooms

The new complex is a series of pavilions arranged in a crescent shape along a lake. This placement provides opportunities for a boardwalk with spacious decks and outdoors seating, as well as allows for water views from the main public corridor. At the midpoint of the crescent, the main entrance leads to a welcoming, light-filled glass rotunda. Large expanses of glass in public areas throughout the complex also offer views to the lake and bring in daylight. Like many buildings on the hospital campus and in Lake Forest, the pavilions will be clad in brick. Low building heights keep the new complex in scale with the surrounding residential neighborhood.

Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital is a Chicago-area community hospital and academic medical center on a bucolic 160-acre campus that dates from 1942. The new state-of-the-art inpatient hospital and a medical office building buildings will integrate with the natural and built features of the campus, which include 116 acres of open space and several medical and administrative buildings. Improvements will also make the redesigned campus more accessible to the community for wellness and enjoyment. More than 7,000 feet of pedestrian and bicycle paths encourage public use of the grounds for fitness and recreation.

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