Leasing the second floor of a former Crate & Barrel at historic Plaza del Lago in Wilmette created unique opportunities and design challenges for NorthShore University HealthSystem and Interwork. The Sheridan Road location has been a destination for north shore patrons since opening as ‘Spanish Court’ in 1928, making it one of the oldest shopping centers in the country. Inserting a modern medical office into this special environment required integrating a pedestrian level entry into the retail frontage and providing accessibility to the second floor
While providing excellent daylight for a retail atmosphere, the existing vaulted roof could not support the weight of building systems (sprinkler piping, HVAC ductwork, light fixtures, etc.). That led the team to integrate a secondary structural platform into NorthShore’s medical office model that supported those necessary systems.
Working with the expert program managers at Integrated Facilities Solutions and project managers at Berglund Construction, Interwork put NorthShore standards to work creating a 10,000 square foot suite suiting the needs of the medical practices relocating to their new lakefront location while maintaining the fabric that makes historic Plaza del Lago unique.
This 10,500 sf Buffalo Grove primary care office for NorthShore University HealthSystem physicians relocated an existing practice to the former site of a local furniture showroom and warehouse. While working with the physicians group to incorporate NorthShore standards, plans evolved to include 24 exam rooms, 3 procedure rooms and offices for 15 physicians. The project was also designed for a future 2,500 sf expansion which includes an additional 8 exam rooms and 2 procedure rooms.
New 27,000 sf building for a multi-disciplined medical practice, including general medicine, specialized medicine, radiology (including X-ray, MRI, CT & nuclear medicine), as well as an ambulatory endoscopy/colonoscopy suite.
This new 2-story, 34,000 square foot medical office building was designed such that the first floor would be developed along with the building envelope, and the second floor would remain open and unfinished, such that in the future it could be built out. Provisions were made for a future elevator and stairway adjacent to the front door, to serve the future developed second floor. The first floor contains 35 exam rooms, 2 procedure rooms, a blood lab, radiology, and traditional support facilities.
This challenging project involved the adaptive re-use of an existing restaurant, which was somewhat of a landmark in the community, into a state-of-the-art medical office building. As a point of interest, the restaurant was owned by former Apollo astronaut Jim Lovell. Besides a total renovation of the existing 3 story building, a 2 story addition was added. The addition replicates the French country style of the original building such that the combined structure is visually seamless. The 18,750 square foot building contains 24 exam rooms, a procedure room, a blood lab, and traditional support facilities.