Rush University Medical Center
Ebola Containment Suite
Salas O’Brien provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering for Rush University Medical Center’s emergency Ebola containment suite.
Rush University Medical Center (RUMC) is a key member of the larger Illinois-based Rush Health System, which includes hospitals, clinics, and a medical university. As a pillar of the Chicago area, RUMC was chosen by the CDC to be one of the two Ebola patient sites in Chicago during the Ebola outbreak in 2014.
RUMC needed a containment area for incoming patients who may be infected, so they decided to build an Ebola suite on the 10th floor of the East Tower. Due to the urgent nature of this project, they only allotted three days for the design, construction, and testing of the suite.
Our team provided on-site design direction to the contractors, developed engineering 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.
Construction for this containment suite began on October 15, and the suite was operational for final commissioning on October 17. Our team’s fast and thorough design process allowed RUMC to begin accepting patients as soon as possible.