Rush University Medical Center wanted to expand their campus with an addition to the existing hospital facility, a new Orthopedic Office Building, a new central plant and a new parking structure located in the Rush/University of Illinois Medical Complex area. Also included are a park, internal drive/drop-off and improvements to Flournoy Street. The site covers several city blocks adjacent to the Eisenhower Expressway and Ashland Avenue. TERRA Engineering, Ltd. (TERRA) provided the civil engineering design and construction documents for development of the entire project site.

TERRA produced civil construction documents for the buildings, parking garage, streets and park. This included storm water detention, grading, drainage, utilities (building services and relocations), and dimensional control and details. TERRA also provided construction observation for the project.

TERRA engineered ADA improvements to Harrison Street, Ashland Avenue, Polk Street, Paulina Street and Congress Parkway as a part of the Rush Modernization project. Included in these ADA improvements are 12 ADA corner ramps and six driveway returns. In order to meet ADA compliant slopes in the sidewalks, TERRA engineered the removal and replacement of all curb and gutter and the resurfacing of all adjacent roadways.

TERRA accommodated storm water detention for the project in two different ways. For the southern portion of the project, Phase 1, storm water detention was provided in the subgrade beneath the permeable pavers adjacent to the Orthopedic Ambulatory Building (OAB). This area provided storage for the OAB, parking garage and the park site. For the northern portion of the project, Phase 2, storm water detention was provided in five separate concrete underground storm water tanks.

This project received a Distinguished Building Award from the Chicago Chapter of the AIA in 2013.

  • Permeable pavers adjacent to the new Orthopedic Ambulatory Building with underlying subgrade
  • Five separate, concrete, underground stormwater tanks were provided for the northern portion of the site.

TERRA provided the following civil construction documents for the buildings, parking garage, streets, and park:

  • Stormwater Detention
  • Grading
  • Drainage
  • Utilities for building services and relocation
  • Dimension control and details


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