The new Ambulatory Care Center and Medical Office Building created a fresh and spirited new image for Sherman Hospital, while incorporating operational and programmatic requirements and addressing the long-term trend of ambulatory care in the community. The new 80,0000-square-foot Ambulatory Care Center consolidates the surgical recovery areas, Cardiac Care Unit and a variety of outpatient services, including noninvasive testing, outpatient chemotherapy, and a pharmacy and gift shop.

Sherman Hospital's two new buildings completed a shift from inpatient to outpatient care. The new buildings allow the hospital to compete as a freestanding, unaffiliated provider in a rapidly growing, demographically and socioeconomically diverse Chicago suburb. Sherman Hospital's new identity reaffirms support for the patient and community


PROJECT CATEGORY New Construction (completed May 2001)

CHIEF ADMINISTRATOR R. Keith Golden, Administrative Director of Projects, (847) 429-2984

FIRM OWP/P, (312) 960-8002

DESIGN TEAM Chris E. Liakakos, AIA, ACHA, Project Director; Michael S. Yoshimura, AIA, Project Manager; Dennis J. Mika, AIA, Project Designer; Michael A. Vinci, AIA, Project Architect; Jocelyn Stroupe, Interior Designer (OWP/P)

PHOTOGRAPHY Christopher Barrett





The design uses large expanses of glass to create a soothing therapeutic environment and provide a unique contrast to the precast exterior. The interior design uses wood, artwork, table and floor lamps, fabrics and a warm color palette to create a family-focused and patient-centered environment that is nonclinical and evokes confidence and dignity for visitors and patients. In the spacious Surgical Family Waiting Area, comfortable seating helps visitors and family relax under typically stressful circumstances


The two new buildings connect to the two existing buildings, forming a courtyard that links all four buildings and features an interior atrium as a point of reference for easy circulation. The integration of clinical spaces and physicians' offices allows convenience and efficient healthcare delivery for patients and professional staff, providing “Total Health Care.”