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Healthcare & Research

Specialized. Flexible. Resilient. Efficient. Cost-effective. Healthcare and research facilities – academic, corporate, and government – must balance all of these to be successful. Our experienced, collaborative teams can tip the scales in your favor.

Healthcare & Research At-A-Glance
healthcare_grid_1 Courtesy John Horner Photography
healthcare_grid_2 John Linden photo
Projects 2,000+
Countries Worked In 24
States Worked In 36
Total Square Footage 50,000,000
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Outpatient Care Pavilion, in Chicago. Thornton Tomasetti
U.S. Department of Energy, Argonne National Laboratory, in Illinois. Thornton Tomasetti
The University of Chicago Medicine Center for Care and Discovery. Tom Rossiter photo
Warren Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Courtesy HGA Architects and Engineers
The University of Kansas Hospital Center for Advanced Heart Care. Courtesy RTKL Associates, Inc.
Stavros Niarchos Foundation – David Rockefeller River Campus in Manhattan. Thornton Tomasetti
The John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Courtesy Rafael Viñoly Architects
Van Andel Institute Phase II Laboratory in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Jeff Dykehouse photo
Pennsylvania State University Millennium Science Complex in State College. Courtesy High Concrete Group LLC
Fort Benning Martin Army Community Hospital in Georgia. Thornton Tomasetti
Torrance Memorial Medical Center in California. Thornton Tomasetti

Here's How


Whether it’s a hospital campus, diagnostic center or medical office building, creating healthcare facilities requires highly specialized experience. We’re skilled at balancing the competing demands of these projects. Fine tuning a structure to optimize patient care, swiftly changing equipment and technologies, regulatory compliance, staff productivity, continuity of operations and the need to expand or modify over time? That’s a challenge we love to tackle, each and every time.

Research Facilities

Research facilities and labs share many of the same technical criteria as healthcare projects. Sensitive instruments, biocontainment and radiation shielding, clean rooms and more – each calls for particular expertise paired with a holistic approach. We’re adept at calibrating our designs to meet these specialized – and often conflicting – requirements.

One Partner, Many Solutions

When you hire Thornton Tomasetti, we’re not just your consultant, we’re your partner. Working collaboratively with all stakeholders is ingrained in our approach. And we do more than structural engineering. Our multidisciplinary expertise allows us to offer a suite of solutions that complement our structural designs.


The Campus Challenge

Tight sites and even tighter budgets. That’s the reality on many campuses. Often, renovating or expanding an older building is the best way to fulfill new needs. We’re industry leaders in analyzing and adapting existing structures – including overbuilds, reclads, adding bridge and tunnel links and designing seismic retrofits. Problems with a current facility? Our forensic teams can help with that too.

Innovative Delivery

In the quest to get the best value from design and construction, healthcare and research organizations have been at the forefront of innovative delivery models. Public-private partnership (P3), fast-track, design-build, integrated project delivery (IPD) and lean project delivery (LPD) – we’ve done them all. And we relish the opportunities for team collaboration and design optimization they foster.

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Our Team

News & Resources

Media Mention

ASCE: Designers Create More Health-Care Spaces
May 06, 2020
In addition to creating alternate care facilities to treat COVID-19 patients, capacity can be increased at hospitals themselves. Senior Vice President Michael Dowdall of our Forensics practice discusses Thornton Tomasetti’s work to convert regular patient rooms into airborne infection isolation rooms with the installation of high-efficiency particulate air-filtering systems.

Media Mention

Healthcare Facilities Today: Security Fundamentals For Temporary Facilities
April 23, 2020
In the effort to ease the burden on overcrowded hospitals, we have seen public venues turned into alternate care facilities and military field hospitals set up across the US and in other parts of the world. As these temporary hospitals take shape, it’s important to ensure secure and safe operations for the medical professionals and patients.