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 2017.
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
Eight operating rooms
499,605 square feet of new construction
The redesigned 160-acre campus will include:
116 acres of open space
More than 7,000 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.
The new Lake Forest Hospital will continue our tradition of sustainable construction and design. Our five goals include:
Reduce energy consumption: The campus design optimizes natural lighting and incorporates efficient heating and cooling systems, among other methods.
Decrease water use: Low-flow plumbing fixtures will be installed and drinking water will be avoided for landscape irrigation.
Increase recycling: Building materials with recycled content will be used when possible and construction waste will be diverted from landfills.
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. Click here to see a map that shows where the various tree species will be planted on our redesigned campus.
Enhance the human experience: 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.
We are building our new hospital with the flexibility to serve our patients now and in the future.
In an evolving healthcare environment, new facilities need to be able to adapt, while maintaining the highest levels of safety, quality and cost-effective care. Our new hospital in Lake Forest is designed to accommodate leading-edge technology and will enable our caregivers to continue offering the latest medical breakthroughs in diagnostic and procedural medicine.