Advocate Health Care


Lutheran General’s 12-story patient tower designed to meet community expectations for a healing environment utilizing an integrated landscape and rainwater system that enhances the quality of accessible garden spaces.


Park Ridge, Illinois

Client Sector

Service Line

Project Highlights

  • Spiral courtyard
  • Decorative chains direct rainwater to raised planters at the Hospital entrance
  • A stainless steel runnel distributes rainwater runoff into a rain garden

Lutheran General’s new 382,623-square-foot 12-story patient tower, which opened in 2009, is constructed on Dempster Street adjacent to the front of the eastern portion of the existing hospital. Designed to meet community expectations for a healing environment, the building features single rooms to enhance patient safety, privacy and comfort, as well as improved facilities for the special treatment needs of intensive care, oncology, neurology/stroke, surgical, pediatric, and obstetrical patients.

ECT was responsible for the design of an integrated landscape and rainwater system that enhances the healing quality of accessible garden spaces while retaining and treating rainwater on-site. In addition to green building and site objectives within the specified project budget, the design helps provide a peaceful respite for staff, patients, and visitors. Site elements include ornamental rain gardens adjacent to the main entrance drive, a cascading water runnel that leads to a public sculpture garden, and a meditation garden. The design encourages public accessibility to ornamental and functional rainwater elements that are both beautiful and educational. Materials deployed include extensive and semi-intensive green roofs, rain gardens, rain chains, permeable pavement, and infiltration features.