Designed by Cannon Design, Northwest Community Hospital – South Pavilion is sited in Chicago, United States. The project maintains strong connections to the outdoors, from colour and materials to the accessibility and visibility of balconies on all patient floors. As a semi-urban campus in a suburb of Chicago, the luxury of opening a door and stepping outside on the upper floors of a patient floor for a brief respite or for a session of outdoor physical therapy, offers a profound connection to place and community.
Planning for the new patient care addition focused on operational and functional needs for high acuity care. The tower’s triangular form shortens travel distances for staff, resulting in a nurse / patient ratio of one to four. The design also acknowledges the growing need to access infrastructure as the decentralisation of technology continues to expand. The project is a kind of ‘living laboratory’, offering the opportunity to study travel distances and their affects on outcomes among identical programs in the old and new buildings on campus.