Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital

Project Location: 1000 North Westmoreland Road, Lake Forest, Illinois

The mission behind Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital’s new facilities and redesigned campus is to provide patients with access to quality care, medical experts, and exceptional service as well as to provide a seamless pathway to Northwestern Medicine’s specialty care.

The 201-bed hospital features all-private inpatient rooms and advanced technology. A new central plant was designed as a stand-alone building. It was built to support current demand as well as to meet future demand of 1.3 million square feet.

In addition to providing health and science MEP design, ESD created an energy model to be utilized for LEED certification and beyond. Energy conservation measures included optimizing the thermal performance of the façade while balancing the solar heat gain of the glass, external shading techniques, LED lighting, and more. From an infection-control standpoint, water usage is crucial, and ESD reduced water-fixture use by 20 percent and domestic hot water usage by 26 percent.