Focal Point Community Campus
Located in one of the most vibrant yet blighted neighborhoods in Southwest Chicago, the Focal Point Community Campus envisions a public healthcare setting that embraces its local community.
The vision for the Focal Point Community Campus was developed by Chicago's Saint Anthony Hospital and will be brought to life under The Chicago Southwest Development Corporation, the not-for-profit organization established to develop and maintain the Focal Point property. In addition to housing the St. Anthony new hospital, the campus will bring thousands of jobs and a range of retail, wellness, education, arts and recreation elements to enrich the lives of the more than 400,000 residents in the North & South Lawndale, Little Village, Pilsen, Back of the Yards, Bridgeport & Austin Neighborhoods.
Acting as both an anchor and an agent for change, the hospital is envisioned as an urban campus that fosters a relationship between the hospital and its community. The two are intrinsically linked by a "circulatory system" – a band of food and retail markets, fitness centers and community services that runs along the second floor of the building. This system serves as the interface between the world of healthcare and the world beyond, and it literally brings the two together—a new paradigm in the industry. Furthermore, the building treads lightly on the site. Its ground floor is wrapped with glass and its grounds are replete with wellness gardens, soccer fields, and basketball courts.
The Focal Point Community Campus concept follows a breakthrough model, which will make it a financially self-sustaining community campus. Through the campus model, rental income from revenue-generating tenants—such as retail stores and schools, hospitality and day care, a parking garage, an outpatient clinic and Saint Anthony Hospital, which will relocate to serve as a tenant of the campus—will be reinvested into programs and services provided through the campus, such as continuing education and wellness classes, a center for creativity and a park and recreation center.
Beyond being designed to provide the balance necessary to keep the model financially sound, each aspect of the campus was custom-selected based on research by Saint Anthony Hospital and HDR on the needs of the community. The new campus will transform the almost 11-acre vacant lot into an active complex offering a variety of services housed within a nearly 1 million square-foot complex, including three main buildings and an approximately 1,200 space parking garage.
Earlier this year, the City of Chicago approved the transfer of the land to Saint Anthony Hospital for $1.00. Fundraising for the project is currently underway.
- 2013 Winner: Master Planning Urban Design for Healthcare Settings category - American Institute of Architects Academy of Architecture for Health (AIA/AAH) National Healthcare Design Awards
- 2012 Honor Award, Unbuilt Category - American Institute of Architects (AIA), Nebraska Chapter