Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Wins 2017 Healthcare Environment Award

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago has been honoured by Contract Magazine, in partnership with the Center for Health Design, with the 2017 Healthcare Environment Award in the Acute (Inpatient) Care Facilities category.

AbilityLab, designed by HDR | Gensler in association with Clive Wilkinson Architects, is the first-ever “translational” research hospital in which clinicians, scientists, innovators and technologists work together in the same flexible spaces, surrounding patients, discovering new approaches and applying research in real time. Translational health science concepts were integral to the planning and design of the 111-thousand-square-metre facility.

The building’s architectural form was informed by what happens inside, with technology embedded throughout. Clinicians and researchers measure every aspect of patient rehabilitation and mine data that improves patient outcomes and enables researchers to learn and share new insights more rapidly. It is the ultimate blending of science and medicine. Every inch of the building is care; every inch is research.

“This facility transforms research activities at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab into a living laboratory that redefines what it means to be a ‘laboratory,’” said Jon Crane, senior vice president and director of translational health sciences at HDR, and recipient of the 2017 HCD 10 award in the Architect category. “AbilityLab holds the potential to have a powerful and far reaching impact on biomedical research.”

A feature story highlighting the award was recently published in the November issue of Contract Magazine. AbilityLab opened in March of 2017 and replaces the old Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. The facility also this year won the Gold Award in the 32nd annual Modern Healthcare Design Awards

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