Palos Health South Campus

  • area / size 123,000 sqft
  • Completed 2018
  • Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED) completed the renovation of Palos Health South Campus in Orland Park, Illinois to modernize and update the space.

    Palos Health redeveloped and expanded an existing outpatient campus in the southern Chicago suburb of Orland Park in conjunction with academic healthcare partner Loyola University Medical Center. The campus formerly housed a mix of medical offices, built over the last 30 years in three disjointed buildings. A campus master plan was crafted by the design team at Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED) unifying the existing spaces and incorporating an 80,000 square foot new addition.

    The overall project, totaling to $80 million in investment, includes a new Ambulatory Care Center, 40,000 square feet of renovated space and the construction of a 316-car parking deck. The project was completed under a design-build model, led by Walsh Construction with HED serving as the architecture and interior design team.

    The campus was renovated to modernize an aging campus and reflect the peaceful surrounding prairie environment in a clean, timeless design. Visual consistency is a key to unifying multiple disconnected buildings and simplifying navigation. The exterior is made up of stone, glass, and wood with grass-lined sidewalks and glass corridors that connect the new Ambulatory Care Center to the existing renovated structure. The interior concept embodies this exterior design with a similar use of glass, wood, and stone with inspiration drawn from nature. The interior glass walls and large windows assist in creating the outdoor allusion. The addition of a fireplace was added in the main lobby to provide a warmer and more intimate environment in a typically sterile setting. Wood canopies and similar floor patterns are used in registration and reception areas to emphasize points of information throughout the facility. These dynamic waiting rooms are not focused around spatial practicality, but around patient comfort and wider variations of seating with outside views and nature-inspired art pieces to match the aesthetic. Diagnostic rooms utilized natural lighting strategies and daylighting technologies with nature scenes incorporated into these previously dark spaces to create a serene and outdoorsy feel in line with the facility’s surroundings.

    Architecture: Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED)
    Contractor: Walsh Construction
    Photography: Thad Donovan, Katrina Wittkamp, Steve Maylone