Project category: Project in progress (July 2010)

Chief administrator: Keith Steffen, Chief Executive Officer, (309) 655-2000

Firms: OWP/P, (312) 960-8074; Stanley Beaman & Sears, Inc., (404) 524-2200

Design team: Jim Mladucky, AIA, ACHA, Project Director; Randy Guillot, AIA, Principal Designer; Scott Nelson, AIA, ACHA, Principal Medical Planner; Jocelyn Stroupe, IIDA, AAHID, Principal Interior Designer (OWP/P); Bessie Stephenson, AIA, Project Manager; Tara Rae Hill, ASID, Lead Interior Designer (Stanley Beaman & Sears, Inc.)

Illustration: Courtesy of OWP/P

Total building area (sq. ft.): 460,000

Construction cost/sq. ft.: $348

Total construction cost (excluding land): $160,000,000

The Milestone Project is a $234-million, 440,000-sq.-ft. modernization and expansion of OSF Saint Francis' campus. The building will create a new entrance and identity for OSF Saint Francis and Children's Hospital of Illinois (CHOI). The project will relocate, consolidate and expand various services, including emergency medicine, inpatient rooms, pediatrics, surgery, cardiology, ICU, NICU, and PICU.

The new 47,000-sq.-ft. emergency department—a level 1 trauma center and regional POD hospital (the hospital designated to take the lead in healthcare during a disaster)—will segregate adult and pediatric patient populations and be staffed by physicians from OSF Saint Francis and CHOI. Mindful of potential disasters, the Emergency Department plan includes adjacent treatment “rings” that enable space to flex from 55 beds to 96 headwalls during surges, allow the quarantine of sections, and separate clinical and public traffic.

CHOI will consolidate its inpatient pediatric services into 200,000 square feet, thus creating a new children's “hospital within a hospital.” Both adult and pediatric inpatient rooms are designed to improve patient safety and outcomes. All rooms will be private; hand washing will be encouraged with sinks at the entrance of every room and in the hallways; natural light will permeate the perimeter and core areas, and noise-reducing materials will promote a quiet, restful environment. Family spaces are designed into each room allowing loved ones to participate in the caregiving process.

Scheduled to open in 2010, the Milestone Project will improve the quality of care available to newborn babies, children, adults, and seniors throughout Central Illinois.