OAK LAWN, IL-Advocate Christ Medical Center, 4440 W. 95th St., recently underwent an expansion with an addition of 90,000 sf. The cost of the four-story addition was more than $30 million, according to Hoffman Estates-based Leopardo Construction. The expansion is consistent with a nationwide trend in which hospitals are growing and modernizing in response to the aging population and new medical technology breakthroughs.

The project included the addition of five operating rooms, which were integrated with the hospital’s existing surgical department and the addition of 20 patient rooms in the Adult Surgical Heart Unit. The project also included the addition of a testing laboratory, central sterile department, physicians’ lounge and a 245-seat auditorium and conference center was also added to the hospital for clinical education, according to a company statement. The hospital’s neonatal and prenatal intensive care units were also renovated as part of the project. HDR was the project architect.

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