Local Commitment, Global Impact

The ACCESS Center for Discovery & Learning is a 13,811 square foot outpatient, research clinic located in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. This new ACCESS Community Health Network research center is adjacent to an existing ACCESS clinic, creating a complete, unified campus. The expanded campus enables ACCESS to increase its services, and thus, its impact in the community.

The ACCESS Center for Discovery & Learning embraces the mentality and purpose of a large research center with hospital affiliations, on a more intimate level to eliminate any fear community members and users may have.

The Center for Discovery and Learning features exam and consultation rooms, a divisible symposium hall with adjoining observation rooms for testing and research, office spaces, meeting rooms, and tenant research space. The interior is a blend of colors, textures, materials and high-end finishes to create a warm, inviting and positive experience.

The center’s exterior is comprised of a cold metal framing structure with colorful insulated metal panels that, ultimately, highlight the building within its geographic context.

The ACCESS Center for Discovery & Learning is actively pursuing LEED Certification.

The facility was fully funded by an N.I.H. Grant Award.

Maintaining Focus on What Matters Most

The purpose, and location, of the new center resulted in a few unique challenges the project team circumvented. Primarily, this project was completed on Chicago’s south side; the urban setting limited the available lay-down space and resulted in tight site logistics. Additionally, the new facility was being constructed on a plot of land with poor existing soil. Consequently, 165 aggregate piers were utilized to support the new slab.

Prior to project inception, the ACCESS project team decided the entire project would be delivered paperless. The team utilized all available technology to achieve a completely paperless project, including using Bluebeam for processing RFIs and updated drawings, box for sharing drawings, and onsite tablets to view drawings and live changes.

In addition to the grant funding and the intended focus of the new center, there was a great deal of focus on this project by individuals in the community and city officials. Barton Malow managed all parties suitably and retained focus on the most important item…the positive impact the ACCESS Center for Discovery & Learning will have in the community and nationally for healthcare providers in similar socio-economic settings.