Patients walk into the labyrinth at rehabilitation hospital

January 01, 2007 |

A circular courtyard fitted with a meditative labyrinth is the primary architectural icon of the new 175,000-sf, 120-bed Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital in Wheaton, Ill. The courtyard provides daylight to the basement level of the facility and acts as a central focal point and a critical element in wayfinding for the facility. Designed by Stephen Rankin Associates, Chicago, the three-story facility is the first free-standing rehabilitation hospital in the U.S. to features private patient rooms. In addition, the hospital features isolation rooms, bariatric patient rooms, a boardroom, a kitchen, a cafeteria, and a new chapel with liturgical furniture made from several oak trees that were harvested from the site. The new building features post-tensioned concrete structural framing and face brick that accentuates the architecture of the existing buildings on campus. Alta Engineering, Elk Grove Village, Ill., was the structural engineer, EME LLC, Chicago, was the MEP and fire protection engineer, and Gilbane Building Co., Providence, R.I., was the contractor.

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