May 7, 2010
Construction is over 50% complete on the new Children’s Memorial Hospital located at 225 E. Chicago Avenue, just west of the new Prentice Women's Hospital between Chicago Avenue and Superior Street.
The new hospital will be 1.25 million square feet, a significant increase over the current hospital's 699,000 square feet. The facility will have 288 licensed patient rooms with the capacity to expand to 313. Each room will be approximately 290 square feet which more than doubles the current space in their existing semi-private rooms. This will provide for a 30% increase in faculty growth.
Other features include a rooftop heliport that will make it the largest elevated heliport landing pad in Illinois. A new parking garage for 800 cars will also be built on the campus.
A new Ronald McDonald House is to be built at 211 E. Grand Ave. with 90 rooms and will open in 2012 in conjunction with the opening of the hospital.
According to Robert Gallo, senior vice president at Power Construction, 75 percent of the hospital's construction contracts and subcontracts totaling $373 million have been awarded to 40 Illinois companies.
When the new hospital opens in 2012, it will be named Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago in honor of Ann Lurie and in recognition of the $100 million gift, the largest in the hospital's 125-year history.
For more info: http://www.childrensmemorial.org