Award of Merit - Health Care

This replacement hospital includes a six-story patient tower, a two-story diagnostic and treatment center, cancer center and emergency department totaling 645,273 sq ft with 255 private patient beds and appropriate services.

Sherman Replacement Hospital, Elgin, Ill.Sherman Replacement Hospital, Elgin, Ill.
Photo: Brian Fritz Photography
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One of the unique features of this project is a 15-acre geothermal lake that is used to heat and cool the facility in addition to being an aesthetic feature. The total project site is 154 acres.

One of the biggest challenges of the project was learning how to develop a relationship with the local jurisdiction, which included building inspectors unfamiliar with a project of such magnitude.

Being understaffed to inspect the construction of a hospital with complex building methods and MEP systems on an extremely aggressive schedule, while still conducting inspections at other city buildings, proved overwhelming for inspectors.

This quickly led to slowdowns and frustration by both parties.

Ultimately, the issues were resolved through continuous communication between all parties involved.

Key Players

Developer/Owner: Sherman Hospital, Elgin, Ill.
GC: Walsh Construction Co., Chicago
CM: Boldt Consulting Services, Milwaukee
Architect: Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott, Boston; Loebl Schlossman & Hackl, Chicago
Civil Engineer: Gewalt Hamilton Associates Inc., Vernon Hills, Ill.
Structural & MEP Engineer: KJWW Engineering, Rock Island, Ill.