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Focal Point Community Campus

Award: 2013 AIA Healthcare Design Award Recipient
Category D: Innovations in Planning and Design Research, Built and Unbuilt

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EXTERIOR

This large, complex mixed-use program, organized clearly on its urban site, expands and even upends typical expectations of current care delivery models.<BR /><BR />  

Location:  Chicago<BR />

Firm:  HDR Architecture, Inc.<BR />

Architect:  Thomas J. Trenolone, AIA, LEED AP<BR />

EVENING VIEW

Implementing findings, the design keeps community-centric activities close to healthcare program spaces by using ?structured voids? for vertical integration.<BR /><BR />  

Location:  Chicago<BR />

Firm:  HDR Architecture, Inc.<BR />

Architect:  Thomas J. Trenolone, AIA, LEED AP<BR />

COMMUNITY CAMPUS

On this previously developed urban land, the new Community Campus is planned to be financially self-sustaining.<BR /><BR />  

Location:  Chicago<BR />

Firm:  HDR Architecture, Inc.<BR />

Architect:  Thomas J. Trenolone, AIA, LEED AP<BR />

11 ACRE LOT

The 11-acres for the Focal Point Community Campus is planned to be donated by the city of Chicago, due to the great benefits the project will bring to the neighborhood.<BR /><BR />

Location:  Chicago<BR />

Firm:  HDR Architecture, Inc.<BR />

Architect:  Thomas J. Trenolone, AIA, LEED AP<BR />

DAYTIME VIEW

Transparency at ground/pedestrian level links interior and exterior, and encourages physical access to exterior wellness program elements such as a pool, healing gardens, exercise areas, gathering/seating spaces, and walking paths.<BR /><BR />

Location:  Chicago<BR />

Firm:  HDR Architecture, Inc.<BR />

Architect:  Thomas J. Trenolone, AIA, LEED AP<BR />

Design Solution

Research is helping drive a new model for delivery of healthcare: a mixed-use development on an 11-acre lot on Chicago’s Southwest Side. This holistic approach to healthcare design will serve as a national model for community development. With the goal of providing valuable programs and services to over 400 residents on Chicago’s Southwest Side--one of the city’s most vibrant yet blighted neighborhoods-- this innovative undertaking combines retail, wellness, education, arts, and recreation services customized to meet the social wellness needs of local residents. Healthcare services are the anchor of the plan, whose dual “focal point” is both the individual resident, and the replacement community hospital (Saint Anthony), along with an outpatient clinic. The vision is an urban campus that unites the hospital and its community, seamlessly integrating healthcare services into a neighborhood. The architectural design supports the hospital’s dual role as both anchor and change agent, linked to its environment by a “circulatory system”--a band of food and retail markets, fitness centers, and other health-related amenities, on the second floor of the building complex. These retail, community and education spaces comprise some 300,000 SF in addition to the hospital itself, becoming a new gateway to the community.

Jury Comments

It is a strong concept with excellent master planning exhibited throughout. A model for integrating health care and health-related amenities into the community, and it is supported by the architect team's research

The attempt to go beyond the norm of the healthcare monolith in this project is laudable. In this project the section tells the story. The public realm flows right into the campus and the hermetic hospital box is banished. This project represents a trend for health and community integration especially within urban environments.

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Images: © HDR Architecture

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