Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

355 North Erie, Chicago, Illinois

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is a leading specialty, science, research, and rehabilitation hospital. The development of its new building, which opened in 2017, transforms the structure of the organization by bringing together experts that previously worked in different facilities – doctors, nurses, scientists, engineers and others – and organize the floors according to organ systems and specialties into Innovation Centers. These centers are: Brain; Spinal Cord; Nerve, Muscle, and Bone; Pediatric; and Cancer.

These Innovation Centers offer space for both direct and indirect patient care including patient rooms, medical rooms, supply/nursing stations and exam rooms. They are designed to enable a seamless and effective flow of physicians, therapists, researchers, engineers, and specialists.

Each Innovation Center includes dynamic spaces called AbilityLabs that infuse biomedical science into the clinical environment and allow clinicians, researchers, and patients to collaborate in real time. Since equipment for research and rehabilitation is constantly evolving, the MEP systems for the RIC AbilityLabs are configured to allow the space to have adaptive use on a continual basis. They support various ventilation and cooling requirements, power for equipment ranging from 480 volts to 208 volts, and adaptable technology requirements. The facility’s technology enhances quality, safety and efficacy of operations.

Special Features

  • Two-story patient care spaces
  • AbilityLabs that infuse biomedical science into the clinical environment
  • Daylight harvesting
  • Capable of expanding clinical spaces into medical office building space