Downers Grove, Ill.-based Advocate Health Care has launched a $200-million program to expand and renovate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, Ill., one of several of major projects the health-care provider has undertaken in metro Chicago in recent years. The three-year Good Shepherd project broke ground earlier this month.

The project, which calls for 150,000 square feet in renovations and a 230,000-sq-ft addition, intends to make the 169-bed hospital more patient friendly and efficient while meeting growing demand for operating rooms and intensive-care facilities in the area, located west of Chicago. Project architect HOK, Chicago, and CM Mortenson Construction, Elk Grove Village, plan to implement integrated lean methods to deliver the project. 

Rather than depend on original drawings, Mortenson employed laser scanning to map out existing conditions, an approach it says ensured plans accounted for modifications made during or after construction of the  30-year-old structure. 

Mortenson also plans to prefabricate bathrooms and racks for mechanical, electrical and plumbing to enhance quality and ease of installation. 

To maintain electrical power throughout construction, crews will erect temporary quarters for select operations, including medical surgical intensive care, which will increase capacity from 10 beds to 18 beds once it relocates to permanent quarters.  

 Earlier this year, Advocate broke ground on the 153,000-sq-ft Center for Advanced Care at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago. In addition to a cancer center, the facility will house a health center and expanded ambulatory surgery center.

Other major Chicago-area projects recently undertaken by Advocate include the $202-million Advocate Christ Medical Center Ambulatory Pavilion in Oak Lawn, Ill.