Site work is underway on the hospital campus. The initial work includes expansion of the detention pond, site grading, construction of new roads on the campus and the construction of a temporary parking lot in the area that used to be the corn field. This area will ultimately be returned to open space and planted with trees and native grasses.
Construction of the hospital building is expected to get underway in the 1st quarter of 2015. The hospital will front on a water feature to the east and the large open space area, formerly the corn field, to the west. The hospital building will be configured with five, 3-story towers, set on a curved, one-story base. The new hospital is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2017.
In 2015, the hospital is expected to bring forward preliminary initial plans for reuse of the existing hospital campus. These plans will be reviewed through a public process.
The following update was provided by Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital
Construction is underway for the new Northwestern Medicine® Lake Forest Hospital, slated to open in fall 2017. To ensure minimal disruption to our patients and visitors, a few changes will affect the status of the parking lots around our medical office buildings.
Patient parking and road access to the main hospital will remain the same. However, complimentary valet parking has been expanded at the main entrances of the McGaw Medical Building (800 building) and the Bays Medical Building (900 building). And, several other aspects of campus parking have changed:
· In order to reach the 700, 800 and 900 buildings, vehicles must now use a different access road from Westmoreland Road. Please use the same access road that leads to the Emergency Department. New signage is posted to guide patients and visitors to the appropriate parking lots;
· The patient lot north of the 900 building is closed;
· And, the lots on the east and west sides of the 900 building are now for patients and visitors only.
We want to thank our patients, visitors and workforce for their patience. We apologize for the inconvenience as we continue progress on the new hospital, which will be a state-of-the-art destination for health and wellness and high-quality patient care in Lake County. Once complete, the new hospital will offer Northwestern care conveniently located in the heart of Lake Forest and, when needed, seamless access to leading-edge clinical trials and Northwestern Medicine specialty care.
Our project team worked with the City of Lake Forest in the creation of a master plan for the campus.
Approved by the city in 2012, the plan identifies three distinct zones of development: Health and wellness to the north; Northwestern Medicine’s new Lake Forest Hospital in the center; and education and research to the south.
The first phase of the project will be the development of the new healthcare facility, which will open in 2017.
The thoughtful design of the 160-acre campus integrates walking and biking trails as well as a new common area for civic enjoyment. The first phase of the project will be the development of the new healthcare facility. The new, 483,500 square foot hospital and 160-acre campus will contain:
· 114 private inpatient beds
· 72 outpatient care spaces
· Eight operating rooms
· 116 acres of open natural landscape
· More than 7,000 feet of pedestrian and bicycle paths
More information and routine updates can be found here.
"Our entire community will benefit from having such an outstanding facility with distinguished healthcare professionals right in Lake Forest. We are very excited that construction is beginning this fall and that so many of our residents, including the Hospital Advisory Committee, were able to provide input."
Mayor Donald P. Schoenheider