Arlington Heights, Illinois

Client: Northwest Community Healthcare

Completion Date: May 2010

Program: An eight-story, 225,000-square-foot addition to the hospital, with an 11,000-square-foot lobby, an emergency department, intensive care, private patient rooms, and medical/surgical and perinatal units.

Design Concept and Solution: The architects sought to enhance both the safety and privacy of patients while standardizing rooms for ease of care. The triangular form of the tower—whose sharp tip stands in counterpoint to the hospital's International Style campus—shortens travel distances for staff. To boost efficiency and flexibility, each room is a standard size, with a consistent layout, and is equipped to serve intensive-care patients and regular medical patients, depending on need. All patient rooms in the addition are private; staff pausing to wash their hands at sinks outside the rooms can see patients through windows without disrupting them. Patient rooms feature full-height windows, as do the ends of corridors, and each floor has a disabled-accessible balcony. Wood ceilings and millwork contribute to natural feel of the interior.

Total construction cost:
$180 million

Gross square footage: 225,000 sq.ft.

Cannon Design
111 West Washington Street
Suite 2100
Chicago, IL 60602


Owner: Northwest Community Healthcare

Cannon Design
111 West Washington Street
Suite 2100
Chicago, IL 60602

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Interior designer: Cannon Design

Engineer(s): Cannon Design

Landscape: Hitchock Design Group

General contractor: Power Construction Company

Christopher Barrett, 708.317.5700,

James Steinkamp, 312.735.5333,



Exterior cladding
Masonry: Belden Brick

Metal/glass curtainwall: Kawneer 2500 Aluminum Curtainwall System

EIFS: Sto Corp.

ACM: Metal Erectors, Inc. with Reynobond ACM panels

Other: Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO): Carlisle Sure-Weld Reinforced TPO Membrane

Aluminum: Kawneer 1600 Wall System

Glass: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope

Skylights: CPI Daylighting, Inc.

Entrances: Kawneer 1600 Wall System

Metal doors: Steelcraft

Wood doors: Eggers Industries

Sliding doors: Stanley Access Technologies

Upswinging doors, other: Overhead Coiling Doors: Raynor

Locksets: Schlage

Hinges: Hager

Closers: LCN

Exit devices: Von Duprin

Pulls: Rockwood

Security devices: Command Access Technologies, Alarm Lock
Systems, HID Corp.

Cabinet hardware: Doug Mockett

Interior finishes
Acoustical ceilings: Armstrong ceilings

Suspension grid: Armstrong ceilings

Demountable partitions: Herman Miller

Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Parenti

Paints and stains: Sherwin Williams

Wallcoverings: Lanmark

Paneling: Parenti

Plastic laminate: Formica

Special surfacing: Corian

Floor and wall tile: Stone Source (patient and visitor) toilet rooms). Daltile (c-section rooms and back of house)

Resilient flooring: LG (most of the project), Altro and Johnsonite

Carpet: Interface and Tandus

Office furniture: Steelcase

Reception furniture: Krug