Photographing the New Hospital Building at Rush

There’s usually a lot more to a great photograph than meets the eye. Steve Gadomski of the Rush Photo Group discusses his recent photo of the new hospital building at Rush University Medical Center in the following video.

Progress Report for Rush’s New Hospital Building

Rush's new hospital building is scheduled to open in 2012.

By Cynthia Castronovo

Even though I have a great view of the north side of the new Rush hospital building from my office in the Triangle Office Building, I regularly review construction reports and walk the campus to see what other things are happening around the East Tower.

During a recent visit to the Orthopedic Building, I was excited to see a number of changes taking place on the south side of the East Tower, including two significant milestones — one functional and one aesthetic.

First, the walkways that connect the Atrium Building to the East Tower are now fully enclosed and really give you a sense of how these two facilities will function together.

These include an “on stage” walkway located on the south side of the East Tower that will be used by our patients and visitors, and a tiered set of walkways on the north side, which will be used by staff and patients. These “off stage” walkways connect corresponding floors on the third, fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth floors of the two buildings. All six of these walkways include glass and façade work that complements the rest of the new hospital’s base or podium. Continue reading

A Fresh Angle on Rush’s New Hospital Building

The new hospital building at Rush University Medical Center is scheduled to open in January of 2012.

By Cynthia Castronovo

For many employees at Rush University Medical Center, the East Tower is right there front and center. It serves as a constant reminder of just how impressive our new hospital building is. Yet at the same time it offers close-up views of the unique architectural features.

And while we are lucky to be able to watch the construction on an intimate, day-to-day basis, it’s important to take a step back occasionally to enjoy the view from a different vantage point. And that’s just what the Rush Photo Group does from time to time when they take photographs of the East Tower from the roof of the Triangle Office Building on Van Buren Street.

In addition to tracking the progress of our new hospital building, these photographs remind us that the East Tower is one of many other facilities across the medical center where we deliver quality care to our patients every day. And with the elevated walkways connecting the East Tower to the Atrium Building now are in place, this becomes even more apparent.

As the East Tower opening in January 2012 draws nearer, take time to stop and enjoy the view. And if you happen to have a camera with you, take a picture and share it with us by sending it to facilities_questions@rush.edu.

Cynthia Castronovo is associate director, Internal and Transformation Communications, for Rush University Medical Center. She contributes regular updates about the Rush Transformation.


A Rush Manager’s ‘Opportunity of a Lifetime’

LaToya Artis, project manager, Office of Transformation, Rush University Medical CenterBy LaToya C. Artis

When I was a Rush University Health Systems Management student, I sometimes wondered if all of the group projects I worked on would ever pay off. Well, now I know, as they are essentially a part of my everyday life.

In my role as project manager with the Office of Transformation, I eat, sleep and breathe group projects collaborating with Rush staff to transition, renovate and relocate their departments as part of the Rush Transformation. The work is very interesting, though challenging at times, and always rewarding at the completion.

Most recently, I have had the pleasure of working with a number of Rush departments that relocated to the Orthopedic Building. Each department transition involves a great deal of planning and collaboration among the project managers, architects, contractors, moving companies, and most importantly the departments and support services. The process begins with a series of planning sessions. Continue reading

Rush Transformation: Climbing to the Top

Construction continues on the new hospital tower at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago

Photos by Jason Geil

By Cynthia Castronovo

After watching the progress of our new hospital from my office window for well over a year, I finally got the chance to get a firsthand look at the work taking place up close when I escorted a photojournalist to the roof to shoot some pictures.

Construction workers at Rush University Medical Center in ChicagoI grabbed my hard hat, fluorescent vest and goggles and headed to the safety trailer where we were met by one of two paramedics who are always working whenever workers are on the clock.

From there we took the hoist up 15 stories to the top of the new hospital. Based on the camaraderie within these close quarters, you wouldn’t know that there are over 500 workers on the project, ranging from iron workers, plumbers and carpenters to large equipment operators, dry wall installers and electricians.

When we finally made it to the top, the view was breathtaking — as was the wind, which was blowing at such high speeds I immediately twisted the crank on my hard hat two more notches to make sure it didn’t blow off.

Despite the cold temperatures and high winds, there was work going on everywhere I looked, from pipe fitting to welding to woodwork. And right in the middle of it all was a crew of about 25 laying the concrete floor. They reminded me of an Olympic relay team, starting with a team that poured the concrete.

Rush’s Triangle Office Building, which houses the Marketing and Communications Department, is on Van Buren Street, across the Eisenhower Expressway from the Medical Center.

Rush's Triangle Office Building is on Van Buren Street, across the Eisenhower Expressway from the Medical Center.

They would hand it off to the next team who would spread it out and smooth it over. Then the next team would dismantle the steel pipe that carried the concrete and move it to the next section where it would be reassembled to start the process over again.

As exhilarating as my trip to the top was, the first thing that I wanted to share once I settled back into my warm office was a conversation I had with a female iron worker — and mother of four — who told me that she had been working construction for over six years and that this site was the safest and cleanest one she had ever worked on. It doesn’t get any better than that!

A special thanks to photojournalist Jason Geil with Wednesday Journal Inc. for sharing his photos. I only wish I could have taken a picture of him photographing the concrete crew. He moved as if he had been working among them forever.

Cynthia Castronovo is associate director, Internal and Transformation Communications, for Rush University Medical Center. She will be contributing regular updates about the Rush Transformation.