A fast-tracked opportunity to expand a health system’s reach and provide greater patient care access to a suburban Chicago community.
Seeking to expand its market share and find opportunities to provide convenient patient access to the Village of Mokena and the surrounding community, Palos Health, now part of Northwestern Medicine, engaged LJC in the programming, planning, and design of a new Medical Office Building and Outpatient Care Center. Key challenges included providing concurrent programming, planning, and design efforts to meet an expedited schedule with the issuance of multiple bid packages starting early in the design process. The LJC team and their design-build partner completed the initial construction of the project within 16 months. The Outpatient Care Center incorporates an Immediate Care and Diagnostic & Testing Center on the first floor. The second floor is organized as a flexible clinic space to accommodate a range of specialty and primary care services. Third-floor shell space is currently being designed to accommodate Cardiology and OB/GYN services.
A stormwater detention area is transformed into a landscape feature with various prairie grasses accented with ornamental plants. The modern prairie style architecture incorporates a strong horizontal roofline that integrates a sculptural precast form liner, reminiscent of prairie grass, to add visual interest and lightness to the composition of solid precast, metal panel, and glass. A large overhanging canopy frames the lobby and glass corners on the floors above, serving as an inviting beacon at night. The main facade of faceted glass defines seating areas for the clinic waiting space, capturing the rhythmic exterior reflections of the sky and prairie-style landscape.