Chicago Hospital Planning $645M Expansion


A recent application filed to the Illinois State Health Facilities and Services Review Board revealed plans for a proposed $645 million modernization of the Lakeview facility at the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago.

According to reports, the expansion outlines the addition of four stories to the facility’s outpatient building and a new five-story bed tower on top of the hospital’s Center for Advanced Care, as well as various renovations, the construction of several new buildings and the demolition of others.

Of the buildings to be torn down (three in total), reports indicate that one of the structures is 100 years old, while all have been described as “outdated.”

In a letter to the state dated Feb. 28, Dr. Richard Fantus, Masonic Medical Director for Trauma, Surgical and Perioperative Services wrote, “A hospital that has been dedicated to caring for the community for over 100 years is in need of a major overhaul.”

Proposed Project Details

Expected to add 332,780 square feet of new construction, the project also aims to renovate 260,493 square feet of existing facilities. While the changes will reduce the hospital’s current 397 licensed beds down to 326 licensed and staffed beds, it will create more patient privacy—which is noted to be the main reason for the project.

By having private rooms, all patients and their families will be able to be more comfortable during their stay and throughout visitation hours. In addition to hosting most of the inpatient beds, the new five-story bed tower will also host inpatient and intensive care unit beds, as well as labor and delivery and neonatal intensive care units.

The expansion will also create a breast center space with mammography and ultrasound services. It is reported that the Center for Advanced Care is currently renting a medical office building for these types of services.

While several buildings on the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center’s campus have been around for several decades or aesthetically outdated, the Center for Advanced Care’s outpatient facility is relatively new to the property, having been completed in 2015 for $109 million.

The design and construction team for the project was comprised of SmithGroupJJR, KJWW Engineering, Thornton Tomasetti and Turner Construction. At the time, the project added 156,000 square feet of space for cancer care, digestive health and ambulatory surgery services. The three-story development also added six outpatient operating rooms with video integration capabilities, 18 prep and recovery rooms, two linear accelerators, 16 infusion bays and a state-of-the-art teaching area.

However, due to the high demand for cancer services, the latest proposal calls for a four-story addition to extend the building.

The Board has slated the project for consideration in a meeting on June 7. If approved, the project could be completed as early as June 2030.

“With the completion of this massive project, our campus will foster an environment that represents the excellent care our physicians and team members provide,” Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center President Susan Nordstrom Lopez said in a statement. “Especially in a pandemic era, we must ensure our infrastructure stays at the forefront of health care innovation and modernization. This expansion allows us to continue to serve our community at the top-tier level it deserves.”

Other Big Hospital Projects

Multiple reports have indicated that Advocate Masonic isn’t the only hospital in the area with plans for expansion. The University of Chicago Medicine has recently released plans for a $633 million, 500,000-square-foot cancer center expansion on its South Side campus. And, currently underway, the Rush University Medical Center is building a $450 million outpatient cancer and neurosciences center next to its Near West Side headquarters.

In January, a $969 million contract was recently awarded to Züblin and Gilbane Joint Venture for the construction of a new military hospital at the Rhine Ordnance Barracks in Kaiserslautern, Germany. The contract was awarded by the German Construction Administration, in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Europe District and the U.S. Defense Health Agency.

According to the U.S. Army, the new modern medical facility is slated to be the largest U.S. hospital outside of the nation, totaling 985,000 square feet. Once completed, the hospital will replace and co-locate the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.

Constructed in 1953, the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center was the 86th Medical Group Clinic to become the largest U.S. medical center on foreign soil. The facility currently continues to provide primary care, specialized consultative care, hospitalization and treatment for more than 200,000 U.S. military personnel, the Department of Defense, interagency civilians and other dependents in Europe.

The U.S. Army adds that in co-locating the new hospital with the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, the new Rhine Ordnance Barracks Medical Center will be better equipped to serve as the only forward-stationed evacuation and treatment center for injured U.S. service members, civilians and contractors serving in Central and Southwest Asia, Europe and Africa.

In addition, the hospitals will also provide critical medical support to seven combatant commands.

The JV will primarily be working on design plans and construction for the medical facility, which is slated to include nine operating rooms, 120 exam rooms and 68 beds with a surge capacity of 25 additional beds. According to reports, almost $200 million of hospital infrastructure work, such as a new Access Control Point (ACP), bridge, utilities and roadways, have already been completed on the campus.

The German government is reportedly contributing $180 million for design and construction management. The new hospital is part of the U.S. Forces’ substantial investment in Germany.

Construction is expected to be completed in late 2027—five years after its original estimate.

In November 2021, officials and community leaders hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for what’s to be a new, state-of-the-art medical complex at the University of California, Irvine.

According to reports, the project is a collaboration between UCI and UCI Health which will encompass some 800,000 square feet and reportedly cost $1.3 billion. Hensel Phelps and CO Architects will be working as the project’s design-build team.

Of the new developments, the new health center plans to host:

  • A 350,000-square-foot, 144-room acute care hospital with an emergency room;
  • A 225,000-square-foot Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and Ambulatory Care building;
  • A 168,000-square-foot UCI Health Center for Advanced Care, which will feature space for adult primary services, specialty care services, laboratory and radiology facilities, imaging services and urgent care; and

A Center for Children’s Health, which will provide pediatric outpatient services, including pediatric primary care, subspecialty clinics, rehabilitation and simulation services, as well as space for the relocation of the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the addition of the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and Ambulatory Care will serve as the country’s only National Cancer Center Institute-designated cancer center.

A hematopoietic stem cell and bone marrow transplant program will also be located at the new facility.


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