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More than 150 architects and engineers tour new Children’s Hospital of Chicago project site, experience innovations in healthcare and steel construction

November 16, 2009 from American Institute of Steel Construction

Event multimedia and forum featured at www.aisc.org/childrenshospital

(Chicago) – More than 150 engineers, architects, and students from local universities, attended a breakfast presentation and project site tour of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago -- planned to be the tallest Children’s Hospital in the world -- on October 30, hosted by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and the Associated Steel Erectors (ASE). Attendees had the opportunity to learn about the project’s challenges and successes from members of the project team, and see advanced design technologies and construction processes that use structural steel.

For architects and engineers who weren’t able to attend the event in person, now they can watch the breakfast presentations and view highlights from the site tour by visiting www.aisc.org/childrenshospital. Event photos, videos, and presentations are available for free download, and a forum has been created for users to post questions about the Children’s Hospital of Chicago project, and healthcare and steel construction.

Speakers at the breakfast presentation included: Todd Alwood, AISC; Lanny Flynn, Magnusson Klemencic Associates (project team structural engineering firm); Robert Gallo, Power Construction (project team construction firm). Peter Rumph, Mortenson Construction (project team construction firm); David Ruby and Ronald Goetze, Ruby & Associates (project team structural engineering firm). Speakers discussed such topics as how Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology and early integrated project delivery by the contractor and specialty contractor provided the owner with a state-of-the-art building result.

“The Children’s Hospital of Chicago project is an extraordinary project because it’s the first healthcare facility of its size to be modeled entirely in 3-D software,” commented Todd Alwood, AISC regional engineer for the Upper Midwest. “Every member of the project team – from the designer to subcontractor – used the digital model to communicate on this project, and it shows a true breakthrough in the industry. This could only have been accomplished with the project team’s outstanding collaboration and use of structural steel.”

The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, scheduled to open in spring/summer 2012, will be a 22-story, 1.25 million sq.-ft. hospital facility on 1.8 acres. Currently, the project is in the construction stage with steel construction topping out in December 2009; totaling 9,400 tons of structural steel.

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For more information contact:
Tasha O'Berski
Communications Department
(312) 670-5439
[email protected]

American Institute of Steel Construction
The American Institute of Steel Construction, headquartered in Chicago, is a not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry. AISC’s mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural steel-related technical and market-building activities, including: specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization, and market development. AISC has a long tradition of service to the steel construction industry of providing timely and reliable information.

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