Harley Ellis Devereaux completes ICU expansion and PT/OT/CR relocation at Advocate Trinity Hospital

October 21, 2015

Harley Ellis Devereaux completes ICU expansion and PT/OT/CR relocation at Advocate Trinity Hospital

Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED) has completed the construction of a new 12-bed, 7,500-square-foot Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and the relocation of a 10,000-square-foot Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy/Cardiac Rehabilitation (PT/OT/CR) Center at Advocate Trinity Hospital in Chicago’s Calumet Heights neighborhood.


To meet the demands of the community and provide better services for the most highly acute patients, Advocate Trinity set out to deliver a new ICU with expanded capabilities.  The new ICU is reflective of the hospital’s goal of providing a state-of-the-art facility for patients and families and incorporates several contemporary features, including a clinical workstation for documentation, a supply cart and counter, and an eICU camera and monitor system for telehealth capabilities. 

"Our new state-of-the-art Intensive Care Unit offers patients a beautiful, warm and comforting environment. We are thrilled with the look and technology, and we know our patients will see the difference,” said Michelle Gaskill, Advocate Trinity Hospital president. “We know in our market we serve some of the sickest patients in the state of Illinois. We have a higher incident of stroke, COPD and other ailments. Trinity is on a mission of elevation and this ICU is just one of many ways we showcase that.”

To better collaborate with the project team, a lean design workshop was held over a two-day period with key stakeholders to establish an integrated project delivery plan. 

“The lean design workshop allowed us to accurately identify the scope of work for the ICU in a short timeframe, resulting in cost savings over a traditional design process,” said Aaron Shepard, Principal and Project Manager for HED.

PT/OT/CR Center

The existing location of the PT/OT/CR unit was placed for highly intense hospital services but not convenient for outpatient users.  Because of this, HED’s design team identified the need to relocate the facility and provide a separate entrance, parking and elevator to serve the PT/OT/CR population. 

“By creating a separate entrance, there was a better flow of patients and staff, including a 70% reduction in patient walking units from exterior entry to service and a 15% reduction in space by utilizing corridors for treatment,” said Shepard.

The new PT/OT/CR Center encompasses all PT/OT services and includes Woundcare, Electromyography and Patient Treatment areas; Speech and Activities of Daily Living (ADL) therapy rooms; seven physical therapy stations; a trainer workroom; sterile and soiled holding; a storage room; and offices for a director and physician.  Adjacent to the PT/OT suite is the Cardiac Rehabilitation area, which includes 15 aerobic stations, a physical assessment area and a department manager office.

"We wanted to give our clinicians the space that gives them the ability to serve our cardiac and rehab patients better,” said Michelle Gaskill, Advocate Trinity Hospital president. “When people come for physical, occupational and speech rehabilitation, environment is key to their recovery. They want to get back to their normal lives as quickly as possible while doing so in a beautiful, relaxed atmosphere. This new state-of-the-art suite is designed around patient comfort.”

Using a lean design process, HED was able to deliver the entire project ahead of schedule and under budget.

In addition to the design, HED provided landscape architecture services. Consultants on the project included: KJWW Engineering Consultants for engineering feasibility, Michuda Construction Inc. for constructability and construction phasing, Eriksson Engineering Associates, Ltd. for civil engineering services, and Walsh Consulting Group for medical equipment planning.