Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Center for Advanced Care, in Chicago, Illinois. Courtesy SmithGroupJJR.

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Center for Advanced Care



Thornton Tomasetti is providing structural design of the expansion and renovation to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center’s Center for Advanced Medicine. Upon completion, the three-story, 155,000-square-foot outpatient facility will integrate cancer care, digestive health and ambulatory services into one centralized location.

The building will house two linear accelerators, six outpatient operating rooms with video integration, 18 preparation and recovery bays, a contemporary teaching area, 14 multidisciplinary patient examination rooms, an on-site laboratory and a community wellness center. A three-story glass atrium with a lobby and reception area will serve as the main entrance. Two green roofs and a sweeping, curved glass façade featuring an integral passive sunshade system will assist the project to attain LEED certification. An 8,260-square-foot expansion and renovation of the existing 19,000-square-foot Angelo P. Creticos, MD, Cancer Center is included in the project scope.

Thornton Tomasetti designed the building’s belled caisson foundations, steel columns and steel braced frame lateral system in anticipation of a future six-story vertical expansion. The site’s varying grade and the desire to introduce natural light into the basement level led to the use of clerestory windows around much of the building’s perimeter. A combination of horizontally spanning and cantilevered foundation walls were used where the first floor could not brace the top of a typical vertical spanning wall.

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