Building a children’s hospital of the future, today

This week, the new state-of-the-art Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago will replace the venerable 130-year old Children’s Memorial Hospital.

On of the many things that make this new facility so unique is that its design was based on extensive worldwide research intended to improve care for children. The design team focused on body of evidence that shows that hospital design impacts patient stress, patient and staff safety, staff effectiveness and care quality. Some of the features incorporated into the design include:

  • All private inpatient rooms to reduce infection
  • Decentralized nursing stations to increase staff time spent in direct patient care
  • Access to sunlight and views of nature to reduce stress

However, what also makes this facility unique was the focus on creating a hospital environment that is world-class in conserving energy, reducing water consumption, using renewable resources, and recycling waste. The partners building the Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago incorporated the best practices in the industry as outlined by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Green Guide for Healthcare to achieve a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Certified facility inside and out.

In addition, the HVAC and water-management systems installed had to contribute a very high level of energy efficiency, helping the hospital to qualify for USGBC LEED certification. With a focus on sustainability and innovation, engineers saw an opportunity to install Bell & Gossett VSX pumps vertical split-case pump technology, which enabled the contractor to save space and money.

Additionally, Bell & Gossett heat exchanger and condensate pumps were installed to provide a comprehensive, common-vendor system solution. With all the high efficiency products installed, water pumping and water processes are efficient, helping the building reduce overall carbon emissions. More specifically, some of the key goals are:

  • Reduce water pollution through storm water management to treat 90
    percent of all storm water runoff.
  • Reduce the overall water usage by 20 percent by using highly
    efficient plumbing fixtures.
  • Reduce energy consumption through a specially designed ventilation system.
  • Salvage and recycle 50 percent of all demolition and non-hazardous
    construction materials.
  • Use recycled content that represents 10 percent of all building materials.

“When you’re constructing a state-of-the-art hospital that is designed to save children’s lives, there is no room for error,” said Dave Everhart, sales manager, Bornquist Inc. “Children are the pride, heart and future of any community and we did whatever needed to be done to make sure this facility performs flawlessly.”

This remarkable building stands as a testament to how much the community cares for children and the value it places on the health and well-being of children.

As a privileged partner helping to make this possible we are excited that on Saturday, June 9th, more than 160 children will take an ambulance trip as they move from Children’s Memorial Hospital to a new world-class and premiere hospital.

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