The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Master Facilities Plan

Chicago, Illinois

US News and World Report have ranked the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) the number 1 rehab hospital every year since the publication started ranking hospitals. While the health care provided was state of the art, the facilities had not been remodeled since constructed in the 1960’s. A new image was required, and the administration and board of directors desired a master planned approach to analyzing the facility. In-depth focus groups and interviews were conducted to ascertain the needs of the staff as well as the patients. The master plan investigated multiple options, including a complete reconstruction of the facility in a new location. The final plan however was a $40,000,000 renovation to the existing facility, predominantly on the patient floors. The renovation was completed on time and within budget, while the hospital was fully occupied, with no more than one floor under renovation at any time. This required significant and detailed phasing analysis, to minimize impact on patients and staff. The new facility met the goals by creating a unique new physical image, in keeping with the world-class rehabilitation hospital it is.

Client
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Architect
Loebl Schlossman Hackl

Completion Date
1999

Construction Cost
$40,000,000

Team Roles 
Anne Voshel - Owner’s Representative