Chesterton and White River Emergency Departments - Sisters of St. Francis Health Services, Inc.
Chesterton, IN and White River Township, IN
Sister’s of St. Francis Health System (SSFHS) is a Roman Catholic faith based not-for-profit healthcare system that owns and operates 12 hospitals providing care in the communities of Central Indiana, Northwest Indiana and Southeast Chicago. To make their Emergency Department services more accessible, SSFHS wanted to design a prototype ED that could be replicated on additional sites. The prototype building includes ED, Imaging, Labs, and Physician Offices. The prototype building was designed for a site in Chesterton, IN, but it was designed to be flexible for future sites as they were identified. To accommodate the future sites, the prototype building was designed with flexibility in mind. Scalability of the building, efficiency and flexibility of operations, efficiency of space planning and layout and ease of expansion were all important to the design. A second building was built in White River Township, which is south of Indianapolis.
The 45,000 square foot building is a two story building with an attached two bay ambulance garage. The two story high, glass enclosed entry was designed to be filled with natural light and to be an inviting entrance. Stone accents in the entry and lobby add to the aesthetic. The structure of the building is structural steel. The second floor and roof are framed using bar joists supported by wide flange girders with metal deck. The building is supported by a conventional shallow foundation system. The lateral load system utilizes the masonry shaft walls at the stair and elevator locations.