Rush University Medical Center, Orthopedic Ambulatory Building

Chicago, Illinois

The Rush Transformation set out to reestablish Rush University Medical Center (RUMC) as one of the nation's most advanced medical campuses with high quality patient care and comfort. The first phase of the project included a 220,000 sf Orthopedic Ambulatory and Medical Office Building jointly owned by RUMC and Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush (MOR).

The facility contains:

  • physical and occupational therapy
  • imaging center
  • 60 exam rooms
  • laboratories (including the Gait Lab and BioMechanics Lab)
  • orthotics and prosthetics services
  • medical and administrative offices
  • conference and training center
  • retail space

Seven clean dock bays are located underground and connect to the lower levels of the building for materials / supplies handling and transport to the nearby hosptial via an automatic guided vehicle (AGV) delivery system. Electric charging stations for these vehicles were included in the design. A utility loop from the new central plant also runs through this undergound tunnel.

The Orthopedic Ambulatory Building is the first LEED Gold certified healthcare building in Chicago. Sustainable design features include a green roof that covers nearly 50% of the roof, dual flush toilets, enhanced building commissioning, and increased ventilation to improve indoor air quality.