Rush University Medical Center (RUMC) is a key member of the larger Illinois-based Rush Health Systems that include hospitals, clinics, and a medical university. Today’s massive Rush network all began with Rush Medical College, which received its charter two days before the incorporation of Chicago. Today, RUMC and its connected medical university are pillars of the Chicago area.
As RUMC has continued expanding and updating its buildings, our Chicago team has supported renovations for almost every building on its campus.
The majority of the work our Chicago team has done with RUMC has been modernizing the Atrium building. This 1970s-era building has been renovated in phases to make sure it can provide the same level of patient care that’s provided in the campus’s newest state-of-the-art East Tower.
Our team designed new MEP/FP and low-voltage systems to support a variety of Atrium projects, including ante-partum, post-partum, and nursery renovations, the air handling unit replacement, pedestrian bridge upgrades, and the surgical floor renovation.
East Tower Nuclear Medicine Pharmacy and Clean Room
We helped remodel an existing 700-square-foot OT/PT space on the 14th floor of the East Tower into a pharmacy suite designed for packaging nuclear medicine. This new suite houses a workroom, ISO Class 7 anteroom, and ISO Class 7 clean room designed to meet USP 797 standards.
The new clean room contains a recirculating laminar flow hood, and the room’s design includes all the necessary infrastructure to support a RIVA machine installation planned for the future.
East Tower Ebola Containment Suite
During the Ebola outbreak in 2014, the CDC chose Rush University Medical Center as one of the two Ebola patient sites in Chicago. RUMC needed a containment area for incoming patients who may be infected, so they began building an Ebola suite on the 10th floor of the East Tower.
Our team provided on-site design direction to the contractors, developed MEP/FP drawings for final construction and IDPH review, and provided commissioning services to ensure the suite met the CDC’s standards. The design included three individual patient rooms, anterooms, and a consult area, covering a space of 2,000 square feet.
Construction for this containment suite began on October 15, 2014, and the suite was operational for final commissioning on October 17, 2014. This schedule provided just three days for the design, finished construction, and testing of the suite. Wall demolition and the first parts of construction began before the design was started, but the design, rest of the construction, and testing of the suite were all completed in three days to allow RUMC to begin accepting patients as soon as possible.