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Project of the Year

Chicago Building Congress honors replacement hospital

NEW LENOX — The Chicago Building Congress recently honored Silver Cross Hospital with Project of the Year at its 2013 Merit Awards Competition held in May at the University Club in Chicago.

The award recognized the six-story, $360 million Silver Cross Replacement Hospital, which opened Feb. 26, 2012, at Interstate 355 and U.S. 6 in New Lenox.

Since 1956, the Chicago Building Congress (CBC) has been recognizing the projects and people who make the Chicago building industry great. Each year, six projects that have been constructed in the past three years are selected for Merit Awards, with one chosen as Project of the Year.

Past Merit Award recipients include Chicago Botanic Garden Plant Conservation Science Center, Trump International Hotel, and Soldier Field and North Burnam Park redevelopment.

“Winning Project of the Year is a testament to the teamwork portrayed by Mortenson, GRAEF, RTKL and the Silver Cross staff to bring a state-of-the-art healthcare facility to the residents of Will County,” said Paul Pawlak, president and CEO of Silver Cross Hospital.

In January, representatives from Mortenson Construction, GRAEF, RTKL and Silver Cross Hospital submitted the replacement hospital project in the New Construction – Suburbs Category highlighting the project’s commitment to the community.

In addition to receiving one of the six Merit Awards, Silver Cross was chosen as Project of the Year based upon several factors, including its user-based design process incorporating best practices in care delivery and early goal setting sessions that focused on patients, community and optimum delivery of health care.

“Not only is the new hospital esthetically appealing, but it has proven optimal in delivering a quality experience for our patients,” said Pawlak.

“So much so that, in our first year of operations, our admissions increased by 25 percent and our deliveries (births) are up an overwhelming 27 percent.

“The new hospital has also attracted over 200 physicians to join our medical staff and we have hired over 400 new healthcare workers in the past year.”

For more information about the Chicago Building Congress Merit Awards program, log onto
About Mortenson Construction

Founded in 1954, Mortenson Con-struction is a U.S.-based, privately held construction company.  As one of the nation’s top builders, Mortenson provides a complete range of services, including planning, program management, preconstruction, general contracting, construction management, design-build, and development.

With a local office in Chicago, Mortenson has additional offices in Minneapolis, Denver, Milwaukee, Phoenix, Seattle and international operations in Canada and China.  
About Silver Cross Hospital

Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895.

Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for seven consecutive years and as a Hospital of Choice by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers.

With over 3,500 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 289-bed acute care hospital and 9 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices.

To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

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