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Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
1,400,000 sf, 27-stories, 242 Beds

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab brings together doctors, scientists, engineers and device developers into a 27-story facility that incorporates patient and family care, R&D, education and parking in one integrated vertical campus. The labs focus on five key areas of challenge for patients:

  • Speech and cognition (speak and think)
  • Fine motor (arms and hands)
  • Gait and locomotion (legs and walking)
  • Coordination and endurance (total body)
  • Pediatrics (all abilities for kids)

Innovative Approach to Install MEPs

To streamline the pace of construction of the building interiors, we cut out part of the roof to access the mechanical room on the 27th floor. This allowed the installation of boilers and other mechanical systems without impacting building construction below. The area was covered with a temporary rolling roof system to keep the lower floors watertight. The permanent roof was reinstalled at the end of construction.  (time saved?) 

Keeping the Neighborhood Involved

We scheduled just-in-time deliveries to eliminate truck traffic from clogging up the city streets and scheduled heavy equipment to be delivered in the evening hours when most people had gone home from work.  A newsletter distributed in the neighborhood outlining construction activities so everyone was informed.

Awards + Certifications

FAST COMPANY 2018 Innovation by Design Award

Honorable Mention, Health

Power Construction AIA Award for Interior Architecture

Interior Architecture

2018 Healthcare Design Showcase

Award of Merit

Power Construction contract 2017 Interiors Awards

INTERIOR DESIGN Shirley Ryan AbilityLab honored with Best of Year recognition

Power Construction INTERNATIONAL INTERIOR DESIGN ASSOCIATION (IIDA) 2017 Healthcare Interior Design Competition

Winner, Hospitals - Academic/Teaching Hospitals

Power Construction MODERN HEALTHCARE 2017 Design Awards

Winner, Gold Award

Power Construction US NEWS & WORLD REPORT2017-2018 Best Hospitals

#1 Rehabilitative Hospital