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Loyola Medical Center: Building 53
Conversion analysis of Hines Veterans Hospital
The Loyola University Medical Center site is landlocked in the Chicago
suburb of Maywood, adjacent to the Hines Veterans Administration medical
facility which has unused structures available for leasing. Hines’ Building
53 was a typical 1930's structure of a three-story Georgian style with an
H-shaped geometric configuration. An evaluation was required of its
infrastructure and adaptability for Loyola’s needs.
The analysis required the full services of the following:
Professional engineers for the HVAC, electrical and
plumbing systems' functional ability.
Structural engineers for the building's structural
Environmentalists for asbestos abatement.
Architects for the usability of the existing building
materials, interior space usage, and life safety compliance.
Since construction documents did not exist for the
building, a comprehensive on-site field survey was required. This survey was
into CAD computer programs that generated building plans and data tables.
This format assisted the many engineers, architects, and environmentalists
to compile and coordinate their data. This documentation determined that
modification was required to the infrastructure for a suitable
The second aspect of this study was to meet with Loyola’s departments being
relocated to establish program needs and develop space allotted area within
the building. Graphically, each department was color coded and assigned floor
spaces demonstrating inter-working relationships.
A third aspect of the this study was to compile cost data on all aspects of
mechanical, structural, environmental, and building components, life safety
requirements, and architectural modification for departmental usage.
This comprehensive report provided extensive data for Loyola Medical
Center in their evaluation of the Hines Veterans Medical Center existing
building for adaptive reuse.
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