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 transformed the structure of its organization by bringing together experts that worked in different facilities – doctors, nurses, scientists, engineers and more – and organizing the floors according to systems and specialties into Innovation Centers. These centers are: Brain; Spinal Cord; Nerve, Muscle, and Bone; Pediatric and Cancer.

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. ESD applied flexible and reliable mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection concepts across the facility.

Subsequent to construction, Shirley Ryan engaged ESD in an 18-month project to achieve several goals: increase efficiency of mechanical, electrical and plumbing operations; enhance occupant comfort; reduce operations and maintenance costs and reduce energy demand and cost. As a newly constructed building, identifying opportunities to achieve these goals was uniquely challenging. Furthermore, to maintain its recognition as a leader in medical care, Shirley Ryan needed to ensure that its world-class care, research and academic operations would not be interrupted by project efforts. ESD accomplished the Shirley Ryan’s goals by providing a monitoring-based commissioning program that identified and oversaw the implementation of the four energy conservation measures.

Special Features

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