Photography of the Chicago Illinois Veterans Home

photography Chicago Illinois Veterans home

Photography Chicago Illinois Veterans home

Chicago Illinois Veterans Home photos

Chicago Illinois Veterans Home photos

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IHC Construction Illinois Veterans Home Project

IHC Construction Illinois Veterans Home Project

This next post features exterior and interior photography of the Illinois Veterans’ Home Chicago. An Illinois state-funded construction project, recently designated as a COVID-19 facility and accelerated to fast-pace construction to alleviate the state of Illinois’ healthcare corona virus needs.

MILLER+MILLER Architectural Photography is a Chicago photographer who completed photography of the Chicago Illinois Veterans Home property building.  The design-build and construction contractor project manager contacted M+M about photographing portfolio images to highlight the property’s commercial / residential interior rooms and photos of the exterior architectural design of the Illinois Veterans Home medical building and nursing home facility.  

As Chicago Architectural Photographers providing exterior, interior and drone aerial photography, this two-day photography shoot at the Illinois Chicago Veterans Assisted Living Facility Home building focused on capturing after construction completion photos.  Our photography clients are architects, interior designers, contractors, landscaping, engineers, and many more collaborating construction participant teams looking to capturing images for a construction or real estate marketing portfolio from hospital medical healthcare architecture photos to senior living communities, retirement, multi-family properties, high-rises, mid-rise buildings construction, and buildings architecture.  Contact our Chicago architectural photography company if you are looking to hire a photographer with experience photographing properties for a variety of clients who participate in a new construction building projects. 

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Illinois state funded property development photographer

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interior IHC Construction Illinois Veterans home Photos

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Chicago exterior photographer senior living home property

Chicago Illinois veterans home photography

Chicago Illinois veterans home photography

As COVID-19 positive case numbers rise throughout the United States and in Illinois, many national and state-owned resources are tapped for response by Doctor Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Brix, US President Trump, and Illinois Governor Pritzker. In March 2020, the Chicago Veterans Home new construction development was fast-tracked for completion as an available COVID facility.  The plans for finalizing construction on the medical campus was accelerated into a 2-week plan, to provide the 200-bed veterans facility available to the State of Illinois as soon as possible.

In late March, Gov. J.B. Pritzker appointed Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center Halls and the Chicago Veterans Home as facilities to be converted to a hospital to handle patients due to the new Corona COVID-19 cases in Illinois.  At the time of the acceleration of construction, the Illinois Governor’s office’s “thinking was that in two weeks, the state is going to need any and all space they can find” according to ENR Midwest article.

Illinois state-owned and lead-operated by the Illinois Capital Development Board, the $71-million Chicago Veterans Home building project has had delays since construction began in 2012 because of a faulty foundation design by the original structural engineer and because of shutdowns over disagreements between former Governor Bruce Rauner and Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan. During the past 10 years, according to an article published by the Columbia Chronicle, “the construction project has seen a number of complications, including a budget impasse under former Gov. Bruce Rauner, a design flaw due to earthquake resistance zoning requirements and funding problems.” The Capital Development Board organization oversees construction of new state facilities, such as prisons, college buildings and mental hospitals. It also is responsible for renovation and rehabilitation projects at currently 8,771 state-owned buildings.

From the ENR.com article, the project’s contractor IHC Construction accelerated the schedule for the Chicago Illinois Veterans Home Property by coordinating additional trades on-site to meet the early delivery of the property. “IHC put on a second shift and is now working to get the 200-bed home done as quickly as possible. The firm brought in a cleaning crew that spends about three hours cleaning and disinfecting the space [using] … CDC-approved protocols between shifts and at the end of the day. Other measures include spreading out the work by sending in only two trades workers per space used in the H-shaped, five-story building.”

State Illinois Veterans Nursing Home Chicago

State Illinois Veterans’ Nursing Home Chicago

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Night Illinois Veterans Home Chicago property images

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Chicago green rooftop greenhouse landscaping terrace building photography

The Illinois Veterans Home Chicago location is located 13 miles from downtown Chicago located on a portion of the Chicago-Read Mental Health Center site.  The urban property’s site location is on Chicago’s northwest side. Chicago’s Illinois Veterans’ Home is the very first Veteran’s facility building within the City of Chicago. The home is a non-age-restricted, licensed skilled care programming and features a strategic adjacency to the Illinois Read Mental Health Center.

The Chicago Illinois Veterans Home is the first newly constructed veterans’ home in Illinois in over 20 years. The Illinois Veterans’ Home is the first veteran’s facility in the state to incorporate the federal Community Living Center (CLC) guidelines with an architectural and interior design created to resemble “home” as much as possible meanwhile providing skilled nursing and medical care services. The facility will provide skilled care for Illinois veterans, including accommodations for Alzheimers care. “This project embodies a paradigm shift in how the State of Illinois approaches veteran care,” says HED Principal and Studio Leader Susan King,  “Using the CLC guidelines, which was mandated by the Federal Veterans Administration for all newly constructed projects in 2011, we’ve created a facility that incorporates small house design at a large scale.” The design of the building is in conformance with the Community Living Concepts (CLC). Greenhouse concepts for senior living and requirements of IDPH was recommended for firms submitting for this project.  

Chicago interior photographer, with a shot list including photography inside the property, photographing images of the nursing hospital and residential veterans living facility.  Photography of the interior construction included the upper floor’s residential areas design with a combined kitchen dining area, library, nurses’ station, corridors, spa tub bathing suite, and a variety of resident rooms sizes. On the first-floor, photography of the hospital commercial dining staff’s dietary stainless steel kitchen, refrigerator cooler, delivery, and food service diet preparation areas.  According to King at HED “The dining program utilizes a hybrid approach with central and residential format kitchens in each household to serve the population appropriately. Medical features and spaces such as nursing stations were approached through a hospitality lens, with finishes that recall a household environment.”

Construction of the 200-bed Veterans home facility is a project managed by the Capital Development Board of Illinois.  M+M are Chicago architectural photographers who quote photos of a variety of design and construction company’s portfolio projects. Over the years we’ve been commissioned for photography projects by many of the professional architects, engineers, project managers, interior designers, construction experts, and construction trades project participants many which the Capital Development Board manage for design and construction of Illinois state-funded facilities. The Capital Development Board, CDB manages projects that touch the lives of almost every state of Illinois citizen with work, construction and development on various state property projects colleges and universities, public safety centers, museums and historic sites, state parks, healthcare centers, and health & office buildings. Custom quoting each exterior and interior photography project producing a set of finalized portfolio images for sales, documentation and marketing / new business promotional purposes of construction buildings and facilities.  

We are a photographer who discusses a building’s exterior to ensure our shots of photography of the Chicago Illinois Veterans Home property included the views the client had envisioned.  Architectural and interesting aspects of the symmetrical designed H shaped, mid-rise property included aerial drone images, ground day and night photography, balcony shots utilizing the residential kitchen living room common area’s private wing terraces, and photos of the resident’s northern gardens to include the second-floor green landscaped garden terrace rooftop and additional garden landscaping sitting area below on the veterans home’s first-floor.  The Chicago Skyline is viewable in the distance from the East facing resident rooms and captured within the aerial drone photography.

Construction Project Collaborators:
Construction Manager (CM): Capital Development Board CDB retains the services of the Commissioning Agent as required for green building certification. The CM will also serve as coordinator of the green building certification process.  The facility requires a minimum of LEED Silver Certification or a Green Globes two-globe rating. 
General Contractor:  IHC Construction Companies LLC, 1500 Executive Drive, Elgin & 2700 Delk Road SE Suite 210, Marietta, Georgia
Turner Construction, 55 East Monroe Street Suite 1430, Chicago
Landscaper:  Twin Oaks Landscaping, Inc. 997 Harvey Road, Oswego, IL
Architect: HED | Architecture, Engineering & Design Firm  1 East Wacker Drive, Suite 200, Chicago
Engineering Consultants: IMEG Corp. | KJWW Engineering Consultants, 1100 Warrenville Road, Suite 400W, Naperville, IL

Additional information and sources: 
McCormick Place to Become a COVID-19 Hospital; Chicago Veterans Home Fast-Tracked to Help, As case numbers rise in Illinois, state-owned resources are tapped for response. https://www.enr.com/articles/49058-mccormick-place-becomes-a-covid-19-hospital-chicago-veterans-home-fast-tracked-to-help?id=49058-mccormick-place-becomes-a-covid-19-hospital-chicago-veterans-home-fast-tracked-to-help&oly_enc_id=6223D4770601A0P
Bringing Our Heroes Home – The Illinois Veterans’ Home Project Tops Off https://www.hed.design/node/1918
Chicago’s first veterans home to be completed this year https://columbiachronicle.com/chicagos-first-veterans-home-to-be-completed-this-year
• Chicago Veterans’ Home at Chicago CDB Project Details https://wwwtest.illinois.gov/cdb/projects/Pages/Veterans-Home-at-Chicago.aspx

Illinois Veterans’ Home Chicago, 4250 N. Oak Park Avenue Chicago Illinois 60634. The facility is the first in Chicago and the fifth in Illinois, with other VA homes located in Manteno, Lasalle, Quincy and Anna.

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Rush University Medical Center Hospital Tower in Chicago

Rush University Medical Center Chicago

Rush University Medical Center Chicago

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Perkins + Will Chicago Architect

Perkins + Will Chicago Architect

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Thornton Tomasetti Structural Engineer

Illinois Landscape Architect Designer Hitchcock Design Group

Illinois Landscape Architect Designer Hitchcock Design Group

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Alucobond Exterior Metal Composite Panels 3m Adhesives

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Walker Parking Consultants Chicago

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Jacobs Engineering Group Structural Building Construction Services

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Chicago Aerial Photographer

Introducing the new Rush University Medical Center Hospital Tower Chicago on 1600 West Harrison Street.  Construction on this LEED Gold certified, 386 patient room, 800,000-square-foot hospital tower lasted from July 2008 to July 2011. Boasting a Height of 252 ft it has numerous award winning, state-of-the-art treatment facilities including operating rooms, radiology suites and emergency departments.  Designed by Architect Ralph Johnson FAIA of Perkins+Will it is situated in the Medical District / Near West Side neighborhoods overlooking the Eisenhower Expressway & Chicago Skyline.

The unique footprint of the new Rush University Medical Center building ensures that each patient room is identical, to create efficiency for the staff, while maximizing the amount of exterior wall surface and the number of windows. This allows daylight into, and views from, each patient room. Nurses stations are positioned along the core, and the rounded rooms at the end of each point of the star are left open for lounge and consultation space.

This 386-bed hospital tower sits adjacent to I-290 Eisenhower expressway feeding downtown Chicago and consists of a rectangular base containing medical diagnostic and treatment facilities, topped by a butterfly-shaped patient bed tower. The new hospital tower’s unique butterfly shape is a departure on many levels for healthcare design.  It is the direct result of an “inside-out” approach to its design.  Close collaboration with RUMC doctors, nurses and administrators culminated in the creation of full-scale mockups, in which hospital staff walked corridors and rooms drawn to scale in an empty parking lot.  The butterfly shape that evolved out of these exercises accomplishes a couple of important goals.  Aesthetically, it forms an iconic and uplifting presence on Rush’s campus and along the nearby expressway. Functionally, the shape shortens distances between patients and nurses in an effort to reduce stress for staff and provide patients with extra peace of mind knowing that help is immediately accessible.  It really embodies the concept of patient-centered care.  Our architectural photography exterior hospital building photo shoot in Chicago combined Chicago aerial drone photos and exterior hospital building photography to not only showcase building’s architecture in photos, but also providing from a photographers perspective a preview of the high-rise hospital’s views from the vantage point of the upper level’s hospital windows.

Thornton Tomasetti was the structural engineer for the multiyear redevelopment plan, providing structural design for an award-winning 845,000-square-foot, 14-story hospital addition; an entry pavilion that connects to the existing hospital; and the renovation of the existing hospital.  The project included the design and construction of a new loading dock, utility tunnels, a pedestrian bridge, a central utility plant and a medical office building.  The new hospital addition utilizes a steel-frame system with steel columns and composite steel beams. The lateral system is composed of reinforced concrete shearwalls.  The addition’s foundations are belled and straight shaft caissons. The addition incorporates an interventional platform concept that devotes three floors to surgery, imaging and specialty procedures and allows multiple specialists to collaborate and treat patients using state-of-the-art technologies.  The entry pavilion serves as the main entrance to both the new addition and the existing hospital. The pavilion boasts a three-story-high lobby area with an open-air terrarium that extends 40 feet to a rooftop garden.  Natural daylighting filters into the space through two skylights. Pedestrian bridges running through the pavilion improve patient conveyance and circulation by providing a direct route from the patient floors to specialists located in the new hospital.  The new hospital building is the largest new construction healthcare project in the world to be LEED Gold.  (Noted: Thornton Tomasetti is also providing structural design services for Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah Tower, which will become the world’s tallest building at more than 1,000 meters, and will be the first man-made structure to reach 1 kilometer in height.)

Collaboration on design concept & structural complications
Perkins+Will worked closely with hospital clinicians during the design phase to create a new hospital building that would embrace patient comfort, safety, efficiency, and quality of care—ultimately, a facility that would house 304 acute care and critical care beds, 72 private neonatal intensive care rooms, 28 operating rooms, 14 procedure rooms, and 10 labor, delivery, and recovery rooms.  “Rush’s Office of Transformation organized task forces chaired by selected leaders from the client side, who met over the course of several months with the Building Team to discuss specific aspects and departments of the project,” says Bridget Lesniak, AIA, a principal with Perkins+Will.  Task forces for each department met with the Building Team to plan layouts that accentuated the hospital’s best operational practices while discouraging inefficient ones.  For example, the Hospital Building Standards task force reviewed architectural and MEP systems for all typical rooms, which provided vital information regarding operations, product selection, liability, infection control, and clinical concerns. “Especially standardization, which was the main driver for this project,” says Lesniak.

The innovations developed between the Office of Transformation and the Building Team included:
• The butterfly shape, which gives nurses a clear sightline to patient rooms and puts them closer to patients.
• Operating-room quality air throughout all patient care areas, and even higher quality air circulation in surgical suites.
• Single-bed rooms designed with separate zones for the patient, the patient’s family, and staff. Patient rooms have a uniform design, so physicians and nurses will find the same equipment in the same place to ensure seconds are not lost in an emergency.

Getting the tower to sit right
Meanwhile, the structural design for the 14-story Tower faced complications. Initial designs had its base connected directly to the basement of Rush’s existing hospital building, which extended 30 feet under the new facility.  “The lower level of the existing building extended a significant distance below grade in the direction of the new addition,” says Lesniak. “Attempting to put in foundations for a 14-story building in this location would have been very expensive and extremely time consuming.”  The Building Team assembled for a constructability and value engineering session. The solution: pull the two buildings apart and redesign the new hospital building.

Delivery method: PM/CM agency multi-prime
Separating the new and existing hospital structures actually simplified the foundations, eliminated supercolumns, and allowed a rectilinear column grid that eliminated the need for a transfer truss system. A multistory bridge was built to connect the Tower back to the existing building, a structural redesign that saved more than $40 million and resulted in a more finely engineered building with no reduction in scope.  The newly created space between the two buildings allowed for the inclusion of the three-story, 10,000-sf Edward A. Brennan Entry Pavilion, made possible through $16 million in private donations. It features a four-story terrarium that is open to the elements, circular skylights that provide natural lighting, seating areas, and a centrally located reception area.  Even though it was a late addition to the Rush transformation program—the Tower’s steel and concrete structure was complete and 50% enclosed—the Brennan Entry Pavilion was finished three months ahead of schedule and in time for the grand opening.

Other cost-saving efforts by the Building Team included:
The application of simulation modeling to review and validate the operational space program, which led to improvements in the utilization of numerous spaces—saving $7.8 million.
•A strategy for mitigating floor moisture to avoid the application of accelerants—saving $5 million.
•Reengineering the support steel for patient lifts and booms and lights—saving $1.05 million.
•Negotiating consultant and contractor proposals—saving $26 million.

A military approach to the emergency management departments
Unique to the Rush new facilities  is the first-floor Emergency Department, which houses the Robert R. McCormick Foundation Center for Advanced Emergency Response.  “This is the nation’s first facility designed to provide care for patients involved in chemical, biological, and radiological disasters,” says Dr. Dino Rumoro, Rush’s chair of emergency medicine. “We have to be ready for any type of disaster that can hit the city of Chicago.”  Modeled after a military emergency command center, the room measures 40,000 sf and includes 60 beds in three pods of 20 rooms each. Each patient room is fitted with a double set of gas and electrical outlets. In the event of a mass casualty situation, two patients can be placed in each room.  In case extra capacity is needed, gas and electrical outlets are hidden behind panels on columns in the adjacent Edward A. Brennan Entry Pavilion.

“Many new emergency departments are building in disaster response features, but none to the capacity that we have done by incorporating large-scale decontamination, respiratory infectious illness, and surge capacity,” says Dr. Rumoro.  Traditional emergency rooms have decontamination areas and showers to serve up to six patients. Rush’s emergency response center can serve and decontaminate several hundred patients in one hour.  The ambulance bay can also be closed to vehicles, and decontamination showers can be set up to wash down large numbers of patients simultaneously. Contaminated water is collected in a 10,000-gallon tank rather than directly discharged into the city sewer system.

“The hope is Rush developed a model for future emergency department design and Centers for Advanced Emergency Response will be required in the future for hospitals in large population centers,” says Dr. Rumoro. At a ceremony for Rush’s new Tower in December 2011, Dr. Larry Goodman, CEO of Rush, said, “This was a dedicated team effort by our board, staff, and management to create a 10-year plan to address our needs while improving clinical care.”  Building Team Award Judge Peter Rumpf, integrated construction manager for Mortenson Construction Real Estate Development CompanyMortenson.com Elk Grove Village, Ill., echoed Goodman’s comments:  “It was a very complex job that took a lot of collaboration and communication between the owner and the Building Team in order to successfully complete the project.”

2012 Building Team Awards Platinum Award
In the 2000’s Rush University Medical Center unveiled ambitious plans for a 10-year campus redevelopment project on the Illinois Medical District / Near West Side neighborhoods of Chicago.  With a total cost of $654 million, the main cornerstone of the transformation was an 840,000-sf, 14-story butterfly-shaped, four-pointed star, X like, hospital building, called the “Tower”, that included a technologically advanced emergency room prepared to handle any type of pandemic or chemical, biological, nuclear or radiological disaster / attack that may strike Chicago, IL.

During the global financial crash of July 2008, steel erection was only about 30% complete. Rush officials were concerned they might not be able to obtain the necessary funding to complete the project.  The Building Team, led by the Power/Jacobs Joint Venture—an affiliation of Power Construction Co., Schaumburg, Ill., and Jacobs Engineering Group, Pasadena, Calif. (PM/CM), and architect Perkins+Will, Chicago—worked to develop a financial plan that would allow the project to keep moving. A multi-prime contracting strategy enabled the Building Team to award contracts to multiple prime contractors based on when the work was ready to be bid and start. More to the point, the plan was flexible enough to slow down or stop construction at any time without committing to the balance of the contracts.

As construction proceeded during the economic meltdown, the Building Team was able to help Rush remain on course financially while pushing the limits of value-added engineering and construction.  In late 2011, Rush and the Building Team unveiled a LEED-NC Gold tower that was completed on time and within budget, thanks, in part, to the multi-prime contracting strategy.  In singling out Rush University Medical Center by awarding a Platinum designation, the judges for Building Design+Construction’s 2012 Building Team Awards recognized the Rush Building Team for overcoming the unforeseen financial constraints, developing a structural redesign of the tower that saved Rush $40 million, and completing one of the most innovative emergency response centers in the U.S.  “For a job of that size to get done during the recession is pretty impressive,” says Building Team Award Judge Jeremy Oremland, a financial analyst with Magellan Development Group LLC, Chicago.

More Awards
The new hospital building at Rush University Medical Center, the Tower, recently received two awards in this year’s American Institute of Architects (AIA) Chicago Design Excellence Awards competition. The Divine Detail award gives special recognition for the terrarium and Edward A. Brennan Entry Pavilion for its warm and inviting design, and the Interior Architecture Award for Rush’s “inside-out” design approach to support an environment of health and wellness.  The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Healthcare Awards program showcases the best of health care building design and health care design-oriented research. The projects that are selected exhibit conceptual strengths that solve aesthetic, civic, urban and social concerns, as well as the requisite functional and sustainability concerns of a hospital.

Divine Detail Award – Special Recognition
The Edward A. Brennan Entry Pavilion provides a welcoming space for patients and visitors, as well as a critical link between the new and existing care facilities. The focal point of the pavilion is a 3-story high open-air terrarium, which introduces an exterior landscaped space into the interior without creating air contamination issues associated with interior plantings.  Laminated low-iron glass is curved to fit a freestanding steel pipe frame that spans 50 feet through an aperture in roof to provide a sculptural element both inside the Pavilion and on its level 4 roof garden which relates to the two nearby skylights. The frame, a tilted elliptical cage that tapers to a circle, also provides a means to maintain the exterior (internal) face of the point-supported glass. Donors’ names are subtly added to the lower glass units for recognition.  Light studies showed that, although the terrarium provided significant daylight to the interior, illumination at its floor level would be insufficient for most plant types. The team therefore developed a plant palette based on deep forest environments. The combination of ferns, mosses, spring bulbs, and deciduous trees mimic a natural environment and change with the seasons.

Interior Architecture Award – Citation of Merit
The Tower was designed using an “inside-out” approach. A focus on patient, family and staff comfort and improved outcomes inspired both the butterfly-shaped design of the bed tower and a number of interior design solutions to support and enhance an overall environment of health and wellness. The four triangular-shaped points that comprise the structure of the butterfly-shaped tower were designed to minimize steps between nursing stations and patient rooms. Nursing stations are decentralized and open to accommodate barrier-free consultation. Each patient room contains distinctly expressed zones for patient, family and caregiver.  Throughout the building, floor-to-ceiling windows allow for ample day lighting in key areas such as an OR corridor where surgeons can enjoy exposure to natural light and panoramic city views after a long procedure.  A four-story public lobby, the Edward A. Brennan Entry Pavilion, with a glazed open air terrarium unites new and existing buildings and brings natural planting into the interior environment while addressing indoor air contamination issues associated with indoor planting.  The interiors were finished with low-VOC-emitting adhesives, sealants, paints, and flooring, contributing to high indoor air quality. The Rush project is the largest LEED Gold-New Construction certified health care project in the world.

Award Recognition
The Tower has received numerous other design and construction awards since it has opened in January including the following:
• LEED Gold Certification, making it the largest new-construction health care project in the world to be LEED Gold certified (April 2012)
• KPMG named the Rush Tower one of the most innovative and inspiring urban architecture projects in the world (Aug. 2012)
• Building Design + Construction 2012 Building Team Awards Platinum Award recognizing the collaboration on design concept and structural compilations (May 2012)
• Awarded the 2012 Project Achievement Award from Construction Managers Association of America (Oct. 2012) for Program Phase Buildings
• Named Project of the Year by the Engineer News Record – Midwest (Nov. 2012)

Building Project Credits
Architect Perkins+Will, Chicago—James Zajac, AIA (principal-in-charge); Ralph Johnson, FAIA, Jerry Johnson, AIA (principal designers); Jocelyn Frederick, AIA (principal planner); Bridget Lesniak, AIA, Walter Bissonnette (project directors); Robert Cohoon, AIA (senior interior architect); Rod Vickroy, Jason Rosenblatt, Barbara Burnett (senior interior designers); James Nowak, AIA, Jack Lesniak (senior technical architects); John Moorhead, AIA, Tom Demetrion, Jose Valeros, AIA (senior design architects); Brent Hussong, AIA, Laura Zimmer, AIA, Patricia Canedo, AIA, Zahra Makki (senior medical planners); Jeff Saad, AIA (project designer); Marvina Williams (medical planner); Dennis O’Malley (project manager); Milan Miladinovich, AIA, JB Park, Justin Aleo, AIA (project architects); Michael Tucker (interior designer); Carlos Barillas, AIA, Sawat Tulyathorn, Nathan Fell, AIA, Paul Stovesand, AIA, Rebecca Cox, Aaron Manns, Joachim Schuessler, Hugo Prill, AIA, Young Sup Park, Matt Booma, Bernard Chung, Gelacio Arias, Scott Blindauer, Crister Cantrell, Daniel Ferrario, Leigh Allen, Assoc. AIA, Jennifer Merchant, Hannah Jefferies, Remiko Kitazawa, Michelle Malecha, Assoc. AIA, Andrew Broderick, Assoc. AIA, Matthew Williams, Assoc. AIA, Michelle Hale Stern (project team)

Architect / Interior Designer:  Perkins+Will  perkinswill.com
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer:  Environmental Systems Design (ESD)  www.esdglobal.com
Structural Engineer:  Thornton Tomasetti  www.thorntontomasetti.com
Civil Engineer:  Terra Engineering  www.terraengineering.com
Construction Manager and General Contractor:  The Building Team, led by the Power/Jacobs Joint Venture—an affiliation of Power Construction Co.  (www.powerconstruction.net),  Schaumburg, IL, and Jacobs Engineering Group (www.jacobs.com), Pasadena, Calif.
Landscape Architect: Hitchcock Design Group www.hitchcockdesigngroup.com; Hoerr Schaudt www.hoerrschaudt.com (entry pavilion)
Architectural Photography and cinematic Chicago aerial drone video:  MILLER+MILLER Architectural Photography www.mmarchitecturalphotography.com
Lighting Designer:  HDLC
Lighting:  Aurora Lighting auroralighting.com (entry pavilion)
Parking:  Walker Parking Consultants walkerconsultants.com


Sustainability:
  Ibc Engineering Services www.ibcengineering.com (entry pavilion)
Traffic Management:  Kimley Horn www.kimley-horn.com
Material Management:  St. Onge www.stonge.com
Code:  Schirmer (Aon) www.aon.com
Equipment:  Walsh Construction www.walshgroup.com
Vertical Transportation:  Vertex Corp.
Exterior Wall:  Heitman & Associates heitmannassoc.com
Acoustical:  Cerami Associates www.ceramiassociates.com
Signage:  Fd2s www.fd2s.com

Materials and Sources
Adhesives, Coatings, and Sealants:  3M Co. 3m.com
Carpet:  Interface FLOR interfaceflor.comBentley Prince Street bentleyprincestreet.com
Ceilings:  Armstrong armstrong.com; Ceilings Plus ceilingsplus.com
Curtainwalls:  ASI www.archsystems.com

Exterior Wall Systems:  Sobotec Architectural Wall System Solutions (metal panels) sobotec.com
Flooring:  Polyflor polyflor.com;  Altro altrofloors.com
Furniture:  Herman Miller Healthcare hermanmiller.com/healthcare
Glass:  Viracon viracon.com
Green Roof:  LiveRoof liveroof.com;  American Hydrotech hydrotechusa.comRoxul (insulation) roxul.com
Lighting Control Systems:  Lightolier lightolier.comLeviton leviton.com
Lighting:  Philips Lighting lighting.philips.com
Masonry, Concrete, and Stone:  Chicago Block and Brick Co.
Metal:  Alucobond  alucobondusa.com; kalzip.com
Paints and Finishes:  Sherwin-Williams sherwin-williams.com
Pavers:  Hanover Architectural Products hanoverpavers.com
Structural Systems:  Nucor-Yamato Steel Co. (steel) nucoryamato.com
Walls:  Panolam panolam.com
Windows and Doors:  Viracon (exterior glazing) viracon.com
Window Shades:  Mechoshade mechoshade.com

Updated 2020:  Novel Coronavirus COVID-19
As Chicago architectural photographers traveling the Nation, MILLER+MILLER Architectural Photography is privileged to photograph many of the USA’s most innovative designed buildings and architecture such Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center Hospital Tower in Chicago.

As of March 12 2020, Rush University Medical Center says they are officially operating in surge mode, as preparations for a potential sharp increase in patients with COVID-19. When Rush University Medical Center opened its hospital Tower in 2012, it was the first Chicago area hospital specifically designed to provide treatment for an outbreak of an infectious disease, such as novel coronavirus disease. While no system is perfect, Rush believes that for the novel coronavirus global pandemic, they can provide great care for patients.

Rush University: ‘This Is What Rush Was Built For’:
https://www.rushu.rush.edu/news/‘-what-rush-was-built-’

Architectural Record: ‘Planned for a Pandemic: Rush University Medical Center Tower by Perkins and Will’:
https://www.architecturalrecord.com/articles/14520-planned-for-a-pandemic-rush-university-medical-center-tower-by-perkins-and-will

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Our Hospital Renovation Modernization Project Advocate Good Shepard Barrington photos shoot took place last Fall. The exterior architectural photography and renovation modernized hospital building property photos all occurred outside with pictures focusing on Barrington’s Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital’s exterior and new construction glass modern entryway. This renovated hospital property is 1 building out of 15 locations we photographed for our Chicago area Construction Company client. The client hired Miller + Miller Architectural Photography for a multi-project photo assignment, assigning us to capture a set of exterior architectural building photography and photographs of their finest 2017 commercial construction projects.  A variety of types of buildings from medical healthcare hospitals photos, to higher education new construction, and hotels & hospitality.   The client’s set of projects are large newly constructed buildings and skyscrapers within Chicago.  A mix of building construction architectural styles with our photography focusing in on both commercial new construction and renovations around Chicago.

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According to the Chicago Tribune story and Northwest Herald article the $247M, 4-year modernization building project’s construction started in 2013 and completed in September 2017.  Barrington’s Good Shepherd Hospital first opened in 1979 and now serves patients in Cook, Lake and McHenry counties. The Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital renovation project added 230,000 square feet.  The healthcare building construction project included an architect’s reno plan, a hospital design, construction and renovation of 150,000 existing square feet.

The photography shoot had a primary focus on photographs of the new designed entrance and the highlight of the hospital renovation modernization construction at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington.  The new modern entrance and new glass exterior building facade is highly visible upon first arriving at the hospital’s main entrance drive.  The main entrance doors features new floor-to-ceiling windows, which overlooks a landscaped garden.  This new all glass facade opens up and modernizes the old main entrance space, allowing an abundance of natural light to enter into the building. Both the new entryway and addition of a serpentine glass wall construction seamlessly flows visitors into the new Paul and Barbara Hills Center for Advanced Care wing.  This modern glass addition dramatically modernizes the building’s main elevation on the Southwest side of the healthcare facility. The building’s glass entry, glass floor to ceiling southwest facade, and glass serpentine wall of the property by Harmon Construction Inc.Harmoninc.com construction company.

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The commercial building company in charge with construction of the Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital is Mortenson who says… the renovation included major improvements to the hospital’s building. 14 new and renovated operating rooms and four new rooms for cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology, and interventional radiology. All of the hospital’s 176 inpatient rooms now are private. In addition, the renovation and modernization hospital project added private pre- and post-op patient rooms, and an expanded area and amenities for family waiting. Each private hospital room comes with large windows.

Other renovation details include a new green roof by the on the patient care pavilion allows for vegetation and provides energy-conserving insulation and can absorb rainwater. Respite areas also are located throughout the hospital, such as outdoor gardens. Additionally, new and modernized areas within the healthcare facility include consult space for patients with chronic illness, a centralized testing area, a new breast care center with expanded capacity, new physical rehabilitation and cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation departments, and an expanded endoscopy area. The modernization improves energy efficiency and includes green roofs to provide energy-conserving insulation and to absorb rainwater.

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The location of the facility Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital is located at 450 West Highway 22, Barrington, Illinois 60010. An Integrated Lean Project Delivery (lean IPD) approach was used by the team who rebuilt Advocate Good Shepard Barrington hospital led by Minneapolis based builders Mortenson Construction Real Estate Development CompanyMortenson.com and the Firm HOK and Mortenson Construction combining Design, Architecture, Engineering and Planning.  The Advocate Health Care Health System is headquartered in Downers Grove, IL.


Chicago-based photographer team of Miller + Miller Architectural Photography specializes in architectural, exteriors, interiors, renovations, hotels, hospitality development, buildings, residential, commercial construction, and more with architects, construction, architecture, healthcare clients and more hiring us to capture portfolio pictures of buildings for marketing and advertising needs. We have the luxury of photographing numerous of the finest architecturally built, skyscrapers, hotels, resorts, and high-rise buildings in Chicago and Nationwide. Serving photo clients since 2006, contact us, email or call our architectural photography company team to discuss and quote your photo projects.


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