Rush University Medical Center


Ongoing Relationship


Mechanical & Electrical
Fire Protection


Chicago, Illinois




300,000 square feet

Modernizing Clinical Areas and Utility, Technology Infrastructure

Salas O’Brien’s history with Rush University Medical Center began with the phased modernization of the 1970s-era central Atrium Hospital. Our services included engineering assessment and design to identify infrastructure corrective measures for code compliance and upgrades.

Our projects have since included a complete surgical suite renovation to create new operating rooms, endoscopy procedure rooms, and prep and recovery bays. We’ve also upgraded patient rooms and pharmacies and designed a new dedicated mother/baby unit with antepartum rooms, delivery rooms, procedure rooms, post-partum care, and a nursing room.

Our team has also designed a new emergency power supply system, air handling unit replacements, central energy plant steam and chilled water expansions, oxygen tank farm replacements, a nitrogen generator, and a complete overhaul of the telecommunications system. Due to space restrictions, the emergency power supply is more than a mile away from the Atrium and East Towers yet still meets the requirement to have life-essential power available within 10 seconds of a normal power failure.