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22 April 2016

Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital Wins ACHA Legacy Project Award

Northwestern Memorial Replacement Hospital and Ambulatory Care Facility in Chicago wins ACHA Legacy Award

The American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) honored Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Replacement Hospital and Ambulatory Care Facility with its Legacy Project Award. The facility, which opened in 1999, was recognized for its “forward thinking design and enduring excellence.”

In 1992, HOK was selected through a joint venture with Ellerbe Becket and VOA to design and oversee construction for the $600 million Northwestern Memorial Replacement Hospital and Ambulatory Care Facility in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood. The team’s goals were to design a new healthcare facility that would comfort patients and their families, respond to staff and technological needs, and provide superior, fiscally responsible healthcare.

“Now known as NMH’s Feinberg/Galter pavilions, the redevelopment project centered on consolidation, innovation and enhanced care delivery in a unique environment that did not feel like a hospital. It is the result of 10 years of planning, design and construction with ‘Patients First’ as the driving force.”

“The NMH replacement facility provides both inpatient and outpatient services. The redevelopment project consolidated nine buildings spread across a three-block radius into the new 2.2 million-sq.-ft. facility.”

“NMH continues as the primary teaching hospital for Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. The building, conceived as a flexible facility, has evolved over time; yet, it holds to the primary design vision, brand and experiential qualities from 1999.”

“The American College of Healthcare Architects’ (ACHA’s) Legacy Project Award recognizes groundbreaking projects that redefined at the time what designers, healthcare organizations and the general public understood about what a hospital or clinic could be, and introduced innovations or supported breakthrough delivery of care concepts. With its emphasis on time-tested success over momentary design trends, the award honors health care architecture that demonstrates superior planning and excellence in design performance over an extended period of time, and remains of enduring significance.”

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