Construction of the new, sustainable, state-of-the-art Orthopedic Building at Rush University Medical Center is nearly completed and orthopedic experts at Rush are scheduled to begin seeing patients in the new facility beginning November 16. The five-story, $75 million, 220,000-square-foot Orthopedic Building located at the corner of Ashland Avenue and Harrison Street on the Rush campus is the largest facility devoted to orthopedics in the Midwest.
The building marks an important milestone in the 10-year Rush Transformation, a comprehensive campus redevelopment program that includes a 14-floor new hospital building currently under construction directly across the street from the Orthopedic Building. The new Rush hospital building will open in 2012.
The new Orthopedic Building will offer comprehensive outpatient care on four floors. The building features 60 examination rooms, six x-ray and imaging suites, an imaging center with CT and two MRIs, full-service physical and occupational therapy facilities, orthotics and prosthetic services, and research facilities of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. These include laboratories for Human Motion Analysis, Biomechanics, Tribology (the study of friction, lubrication and wear) and Implant Retrieval.
The building also will contain offices for all orthopedics surgeons, researchers and staff, a conference and learning center, and retail space on the ground floor. Rush Rheumatology clinical services will move to the fifth floor of the new Orthopedic Building in the future.
“For the first time in our history, orthopedic surgery’s departmental administration, research and educational activities will be in close proximity to the outpatient clinical operations,” said Dr. Joshua Jacobs, chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Rush. “This arrangement is optimal to promote interaction between the many productive members of our department and will enhance our translational research efforts.”
Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, the private practice medical group whose 38 physicians are on the Rush faculty, will relocate its clinical facilities and physician offices currently in Rush’s nearby Professional Building and at 800 S. Wells in the River City building complex to the new Orthopedic Building.
“As our practice has grown along with our research endeavors, we began planning long ago for a model new facility that would accommodate not only our faculty needs, but which would make it more convenient and accessible for our patients and their families when they come to our facilities,” said Dr. Gunnar Andersson, chairman emeritus of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery.
The design plans for the new Orthopedic Building paid special attention to environmental efficiency and responsiveness. An extensive green roof restores 50 percent of the site with adaptive vegetation, decreases 25 percent of storm water run off, and reduces the “heat island” effect. Recycled product for concrete, steel and wallboard was used during construction and construction materials came from local manufacturers within 500 miles of Chicago to reduce fuel for transportation and emissions. Low-flow plumbing fixtures were installed throughout the entire building and low volatile organic compounds (VOC) paint and sealants were used. The new facility will institute a trash recycling program adopted throughout the Rush campus.
Rush is seeking Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy, efficiency, materials selection and indoor environment quality.
Construction of the new Orthopedic Building began in July 2007. Rush has also recently completed construction of a new parking structure, power plant and loading dock and materials delivery system for the campus. Throughout the economic recession, the Rush construction projects have remained on time and on budget.
“The new Orthopedic Building along with construction of our new hospital directly across the street, have already begun to positively reshape the entrance to the campus at Harrison and Ashland. The Rush Transformation is the most comprehensive redesign, construction and facility renovations program in our 169 year campus history,” said Dr. Larry Goodman, president and CEO of Rush.
The Rush orthopedics faculty are nationally recognized as leaders in comprehensive orthopedic services including adult reconstructive surgery, elbow, wrist and hand surgery, foot and ankle surgery, oncology and trauma, pediatric surgery, spine surgery and sports medicine. Rush’s orthopedics program is consistently ranked among the best in the country and tops in Illinois in U.S.News & World Report magazine’s annual best hospitals issue. Orthopedics and sports medicine specialists from Rush are the team physicians for the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago White Sox. The department includes 45 clinical faculty members, 11 research faculty with 15 physicians in fellowship and 24 physicians in residency training programs. More than 8,000 surgical cases were performed by the group last year.
Perkins+Will, an integrated design firm, designed the Orthopedic Building, the new hospital and other structures that are part of the Rush Transformation. Pepper Construction is the firm serving as construction manager on the Orthopedic Building. Powers/Jacobs is the firm serving as construction manager for the Rush Transformation.