Specialty Physicians of Illinois is comprised of primary care and specialty care doctors with experience in a wide range of disciplines. This single-story, 10,178 square foot facility located in Chicago Heights, Illinois was strategically located in an easily accessible area within the community. This helps reduce travel time and provides a viable option for individuals who cannot visit their primary care physicians due to scheduling conflicts or after-hours needs.
The space underwent site and building demolition to prepare for future development. The center is equipped with 11 exam rooms, triage unit, procedure room, phlebotomy room, laboratory spaces and imaging/X-ray area. Support areas include waiting, reception, offices, support, staff and building utilities. A main conferencing area will support the clinic as well as potential community events.
The natural lighting offers several benefits that can positively impact both patients and healthcare providers. From improved patient outcomes to environmental sustainability, utilizing natural light leads to a more positive healing environment. To make the space feel larger in certain corridors, the design incorporated transom style glass. This required careful installation as the material and placement is very intricate.
A major challenge during this project was managing the concrete pours during the peak of the brutal Midwest winter conditions. Pouring concrete in cold temperatures presents several issues for the hydration process and overall strength and durability of the concrete. Our field team managed to maintain proper moisture with concrete blankets and special concrete mixtures with accelerators to protect against freezing.
Our team was faced with supply chain issues at the very beginning of this project when we couldn’t source a transformer for electricity. Typically, we see lead times e from 4-6 weeks, but in this case our team waited nearly 8 months to receive this vital piece of equipment.