Marshak Family Hospice Pavillion
Midwest Palliative and Hospice CareCenter, originally established in 1978 in Evanston, IL, was looking to replace its existing hospice facility with a new, state-of-the-art inpatient care unit. The new 24,000 sf building was planned as an extension of an existing 56,000 sf palliative care and administrative office building. The facility was envisioned as a place of comfort for families who can stay with patients 24 hours a day, where the dying process can
take place in an environment of dignity, peace and compassion rather than in an environment filled with medical equipment and institutional finishes.
Due to the irregular shape of the site, the 3rd floor of the facility is designed to cantilever out over a portion of the existing 2-story administrative building. This arrangement, while unusual, not only allowed all the patient rooms and related care functions to be located on the same floor, but it also provided each room with access to long-range views, access to natural light and personal privacy. The new building will be connected to the existing building via a bridge at the second level where staff within the current facility will be able to augment the staff of the new hospice residence.
In addition to numerous sustainable design features, the east
portion of the property will be developed into a healing garden for therapeutic and memorial purposes. Planned in conjunction with the Chicago Botanic Garden and area garden clubs, the Healing Garden will consist of native plants and a rain garden, all of which will be built over a geothermal wellfield that will heat and cool the building.