Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Project Details


Healthcare Design Finalist

Design Practice:

Clive Wilkinson Architects

Project Title:

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Project Location:

Chicago, Illinois United States

Design Practice Location:

Culver City, United States

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is the number one destination for people with the most complex and severe conditions – from brain and spinal-cord injuries to stroke, cancer, and amputation. The 1.2million-square-foot facility is the first-ever translational research hospital in which clinicians, innovators, scientists and technologists work together in shared spaces, surrounding patients, while discovering new advancements and applying (or translating) research in real-time. This unprecedented approach means patients have 24-7 access to the brightest minds and latest discoveries, as well as the best opportunity for rehabilitation and recovery. Concepts integral to translational health drove planning and design. Here, research doesn’t just coexist with care; it’s fully integrated into the clinical environment, engaging patients in the process. Technology, likewise, is embedded throughout. Clinicians and researchers measure every aspect of patients’ activities to mine data that will help improve outcomes faster. Every inch of the building is care; every inch is research.