Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital – Campus Revitalization Project


1000 N. Westmoreland Road, Lake Forest, IL


  • Northwestern Medicine and Northwestern Memorial HealthCare
  • HGA
  • Gensler
  • Turner Construction Company

Awards / Recognition

Illinois Section of American Society of Civil Engineers Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award – Nominated – 2017

ENR Midwest Health Care Project of the Year – Award of Merit – 2017

Lake County Stormwater Management Commision – Development of the Year – 2017

LEED BD+C Healthcare v3 Silver

Lake Forest Historic Preservation Award – Infill/New Construction – 2018

Services Provided

  • Master Planning
  • Drainage Study & Stormwater Management
  • Civil Engineering – Construction Documents
    • Site Grading
    • Site Utilities
    • Roadways and Parking
    • Pedestrian & Bike Trails
    • Highway Improvements
    • Best Management Practices
  • Permitting
    • US Army Corps of Engineers
    • Lake County Stormwater Management Commission
    • Illinois Department of Transportation
    • North Shore Water Reclamation District
    • Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
    • City of Lake Forest
    • McHenry County Soil & Water Conservation District
    • Illinois Department of Public Health
  • Value Engineering
  • Construction Engineering / Administration

Project Overview

Bleck Engineering has been the Civil Engineer for the 160 acre Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital Campus for over 25 years. In 2011, Bleck began the Master Planning process for a new 483,500 square feet state of the art hospital on campus. The key goal of the design was to integrate medical care with health and wellness into the campus itself. This was accomplished by creating walking and biking trails and creating common areas for the community to have. The new facility features 114 private inpatient beds, 8 operating rooms, 4 procedure rooms, 72 outpatient care spaces, a 16-bed emergency department, a linear accelerator, and 120,000 square feet of medical office space. Careful coordination and planning with Construction Manager was needed for the staging, logistics and temporary work required to keep the site accessible to patients, visitors, and staff as the project was being built next to an existing hospital, medical office buildings, power plant, laundry building and helipad. These existing facilities had to be accessible 24/7. The site design featured a roundabout intersection and a below grade loading dock to the lower level basement that is 18 feet below grade with a stormwater lift station. The focal point of the campus is a new 400 foot long and 12.5 foot tall waterfall that separates two stormwater detention ponds. The waterfall is run by a pump that runs at 30,000 gallons per minute. Bleck utilized BIM during the design phase to perform clash detection of site piping and for coordination with other consultants.