Rush University Medical Center, Orthopedic Ambulatory Building
Square Footage: 207,000
LEED CS Gold
The design of the Orthopedic Ambulatory Building (OAB) at Rush University Medical Center (RUMC) powerfully expresses formal simplicity with careful attention to detail. The building is rectilinear in form with compositional variations that respond to site and environmental conditions. The building core and associated services were organized to the west to maximize dramatic views of the Chicago skyline for the building's occupants. The eastern face also has a distinctive curtain wall pattern that was designed in tandem with the new hospital across the street to form a gateway to the Rush campus. Sustainable strategies were incorporated throughout the building including a green roof that covers nearly 50% of the roof and thereby aids in the reduction of stormwater run-off.
Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush offers comprehensive outpatient care in orthopedics and sports medicine. Four of the five floors occupied by Midwest Orthopaedics feature 60 examination rooms, six x-ray and imaging suites, an imaging center with CT and two MRIs, full-service physical and occupational therapy facilities, orthotics and prosthetic services and research facilities of the RUMC Department of Orthopedic Surgery. These include laboratories for human motion analysis, biomechanics, tribology (the study of friction, lubrication and wear) and implant retrieval. The new facility also contains offices for all orthopedic surgeons, researchers and staff, a conference and learning center and retail space on the ground floor. Bridges from the OAB to the existing parking garages to the west allow easy access to the OAB for ambulatory patients and visitors.