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October 02, 2012

Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital Announces Architectural Team Selected to Design Campus Revitalization Project

Lake Forest, IL – Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital announced today the selection of HGA Architects and Engineers/Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects as the architectural team chosen to design the campus revitalization project. The internationally recognized, award-winning architectural team now begins the process of designing a new campus plan, the centerpiece of which is a new hospital and medical office facilities to meet the healthcare needs of the surrounding communities.

“We selected the architectural team of HGA and Pelli Clarke Pelli to design a state-of-the-art healthcare facility because of their respect for the history and tradition of our community,” said Thomas J. McAfee, president of Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital. “The team will offer a combination of expertise in project management and healthcare knowledge, along with excellence in design to deliver world-class architecture to complement Lake Forest.”

The selection of the architectural team begins the design phase of the campus revitalization project. Last night, the Lake Forest City Council approved the master plan for the revitalization project, which will serve as a framework for the campus design and development. As the design for the new hospital, medical office facilities and landscape are developed over the coming year, the plans must be approved by the City of Lake Forest Plan Commission and City Council before construction begins.

“For more than 100 years, residents of Lake Forest and Lake County have come to this hospital for compassionate, high-quality care,” said Robert Parkinson, chairman of the board of directors for Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital. “The campus revitalization will provide the facilities needed to continue that care for the next century.”

Founded in 1953, Hammel, Green and Abrahamson, Inc. (HGA) is a full-service architecture, interior design, engineering and planning firm. HGA’s healthcare expertise includes facility master planning, programming, academic medical centers, ambulatory care centers, critical access hospitals, community hospitals and women and children’s care centers.

Founded in 1977, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects has designed many of the world’s most recognizable buildings, including the World Financial Center in New York, the Petronas Towers in Malaysia and the International Finance Centre in Hong Kong. Its award-winning portfolio includes healthcare buildings, libraries, museums, research centers, mixed-use projects, academic buildings, residences and master plans. Pelli Clarke Pelli’s work includes the campus master plan and four buildings for the Cleveland Clinic as well as centerpiece buildings for the Mayo Clinic, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Qatar Foundation.

About Northwestern Medicine®

Northwestern Medicine® is the collaboration between Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine around a strategic vision to transform the future of healthcare. It encompasses the research, teaching and patient care activities of the academic medical center. Sharing a commitment to superior quality, academic excellence and patient safety, the organizations within Northwestern Medicine comprise more than 9,000 clinical and administrative staff, 3,100 medical and science faculty and 700 students. The entities involved in Northwestern Medicine remain separate organizations. Northwestern Medicine is a trademark of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and is used by Northwestern University.

About Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital

Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital is a wholly owned entity of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare. The hospital has more than 700 physicians board-certified in 90 medical specialties, located at its Lake Forest and Grayslake campuses and at facilities in Glenview, Gurnee Brookside, Gurnee Tower Court, Libertyville, Lindenhurst and Vernon Hills. Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital is ranked among Illinois’ “Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report, has been named the Consumer Choice hospital in Lake and Kenosha counties for nine years in a row by National Research Corporation and receives an "A" Hospital Safety Score from the nonprofit Leapfrog Group. Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital is a Magnet hospital, having earned the country’s highest recognition for patient care and nursing and is rated among the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” guide by Working Mother magazine. For more information, visit

About Northwestern Medical Group

Northwestern Medical Group is a multi-site physician network with 122 physicians offering primary and specialty care services, including internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, dermatology, corporate health, executive health, integrative medicine, sports medicine, and travel medicine. Northwestern Medical Group has 25 locations throughout the Chicago area, including Chicago offices in the Loop, Streeterville, Wicker Park/Bucktown, Lincoln Park and Lakeview, as well as offices in Deerfield, Evanston, Glenview, Grayslake, Highland Park, Lake Forest, and Libertyville. All physicians are on the medical staffs of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and/or Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital.