CHICAGO, Ill. – Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital’s Critical Care Unit has recently opened. The 20,000-square-foot renovation and expansion, including 20 new CCU rooms, was designed to provide effective, functional space within a calming environment for an enhanced experience for patients and visitors. This single-phased project was part of a larger renovation and expansion effort at Delnor Hospital.
CallisonRTKL served as the architect on the project, using a Lean approach to increase speed to market without minimizing quality, according to said CRTKL Vice President Sandy Faurot.
The project consolidates all CCU beds to a single location on the second level of the hospital—the closest location to surgery with easy access to the emergency department. CRTKL included two negative pressure isolation rooms and one positive pressure isolation in the project. Each of the new, state-of-the-art rooms is equipped with dual booms. Additionally, new mechanical upgrades were provided to allow for half of the unit to use one hundred percent exhaust should an event occur where recirculated air is not desired.
The general contractor was Skender.