Rush University Medical Center Hospital

Chicago, Illinois

The Rush Transformation set out to reestablish Rush University Medical Center (RUMC) as one of the nation’s most advanced hospitals with high quality patient care and comfort. The eight year project consisted of an Orthopedic Ambulatory Building, a new centralized power plant, an addition to the existing Atrium building, renovations of the existing clinical buildings, an expansion of the emergency department, and the new 806,000 sf hospital.

Programming sessions with the medical center’s staff and facilities personnel provided insight into the typical building operations and expectations for the new facility. ESD also performed a building analysis that examined energy usage at Rush’s existing hospital to better understand the issues and collaborate with local authorities on identifying their solutions.

The hospital houses Rush’s acute and critical care patients as well as surgical, diagnostic, and therapeutic services using the most advanced technology available and highest quality of care. The air quality throughout the hospital meets operating room standards in order to minimize the spread of infection. The HVAC systems supporting the operating rooms are designed to facilitate air flow away from the patients to provide an even greater degree of air quality.

Daylighting is used in all the offices, workrooms, and interior and exterior corridors, as well as the care and family waiting areas. Daylight and wireless occupancy sensors are installed in most of these spaces, and multiple types of controls were integrated into the building automation system (BAS) for maximum efficiency gains. ESD’s LED lighting design allowed RUMC to receive an incentive rebate in the amount of $126,000 through the ComEd Smart Ideas program.

The campus’s new central plant is deigned to furnish chilled water, high pressure steam, and emergency power to the campus with a high degree of service reliability. The design process for this plant incorporated a gap analysis and risk mitigation study to ensure reliable support for the critical medical campus environment.

Along with MEP/FP planning and design, ESD’s team identified the technologies that would best align with the hospital’s daily operations. We provided a cost-benefit analysis, design, commissioning, and functional testing of the design.