Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital Of Chicago

Standing healthcare engineering on its ear.

The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago resolves a unique set of technical engineering challenges emerging from the vertical reorganization of conventionally horizontal spaces, the demanding integration of engineered systems and structural strategies, and an aggressive fast-track schedule – within the already complex equation of safety, reliability, and efficiency in a sensitive healing environment for children. Lurie Children's is ranked number one in almost every major pediatric specialty and serves over 110,000 children each year. The new 23-story facility provides 288 beds, 22 ORs (4 hybrid), expandable imaging facilities, offices that convert into additional patient rooms, and a fully flexible clinical BSL-3 laboratory. AEI's role began in pre-design, identifying opportunities for incorporating compatibility, efficiency, and flexibility into the design. Mock-up rooms for natal and pediatric ICUs, acute care, trauma, and ambulatory care facilitated staff input on patient scenarios and optimal technology and utility configurations.

From the client:
"You’ve put together probably the best design team I have ever worked with and I don’t want to tell you how many years that covers. Sometimes it’s easy for me to rag on the things that go wrong and not highlight all of the things that go right and there is a boatload of things that go right."

Roger Johnson
Director of Facilities
Children’s Memorial Hospital

1,250,000 sf
Chicago, IL
Anderson Mikos Architects
Solomon Cordwell Buenz
LEED® status:
  • 2012 Design Award - Citation/Built
    -Modern Healthcare
  • 2013 Edwin F. Guth Memorial Illumination Award of Merit for Interior Lighting Design, Patient Areas
    -Illuminating Engineering Society
  • 2013 Edwin F. Guth Memorial Illumination Award of Merit for Interior Lighting Design, Public Lobbies
    -Illuminating Engineering Society
  • 2015 Grand Prix of Real Estate - Special Purpose Property Award