Campus Vision

Project Timeline

Our project team worked with the City of Lake Forest in the creation of a master plan for the campus.

Approved by the city in 2012, the plan identifies three distinct zones of development: Health and wellness to the north; Northwestern Medicine's new Lake Forest Hospital in the center; and education and research to the south.

The first phase of the project will be the development of the new healthcare facility, which will open in 2018.

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Project Overview

The new Lake Forest Hospital will be a destination for health, wellness, and civic enjoyment.

The new state-of-the-art hospital will provide our patients with access to quality care, medical experts and exceptional service as well as a seamless pathway to Northwestern Medicine specialty care.

The thoughtful design of the 160-acre campus integrates medical care with health and wellness through walking and biking trails as well as a new common area for community activity and enjoyment.

The new hospital will contain:

114 private inpatient beds

72 outpatient care spaces

8 operating rooms

499605 square feet of new construction

The redesigned 160-acre campus will include:

116 acres of open space

7000 feet of pedestrian and bicycle paths

The construction project will take three years to complete. The facility's design seeks LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Campus Redesign

The new Lake Forest Hospital will continue our tradition of sustainable construction and design. Our four goals include:

The campus design optimizes natural lighting and incorporates efficient heating and cooling systems, among other methods.

Low-flow plumbing fixtures will be installed and drinking water will be avoided for landscape irrigation.

Building materials with recycled content will be used when possible and construction waste will be diverted from landfills.

The new facility will offer a work environment that includes collaborative spaces for caregivers and staff, a reduction in ambient noise and improved control over indoor lighting in staff, patient and visitor areas.

Connect with Nature

Expanded walking trails and increased community wetland area will be included on the 160-acre campus that maintains 72 percent as open space. The map below shows where the various tree species will be planted on our redesigned campus.

Connect with nature - tree species - LFH

Design Team

Northwestern Medicine sought out some of the country’s top architects to build a replacement facility for Lake Forest Hospital. The selected team is a collaboration between Pelli Clarke Pelli design architects and Gensler health and wellness firm. Experts from both firms engaged our physicians, employees, and community members to plan the new hospital and campus experience.