Chicago, Illinois


Phase I and II ESAs
Illinois SRP
Remediation Plans
Remediation Oversight –Special and Hazardous Waste Monitoring
Regulatory Compliance Support
Green Remediation

Project Duration

2007 – 2012

Project Team

Patricia Bryan
Kim Rentz

Rush University Medical Center Transformation Program

Project Description

The $1 billion Rush Transformation Project is the most comprehensive construction and facilities renovation program in Rush’s more than 174-year history. The new hospital is the centerpiece and represents a new era of hospital design, shaped by user input to improve quality and optimize the patient experience while creating an environmentally sustainable facility with the most advanced technology available. It is the first full service “green” hospital in Chicago. Key Transformation projects included:

  • Hospital Tower
  • Orthopedic Building at Rush
  • Rush University Cancer Center
  • Atrium Building Renovations
  • Staff/student parking garage
  • Central energy plant/underground loading dock

Bryan staff acted as the owner’s environmental engineer responsible for environmental assessment through remediation.  The team secured NFRs under the Illinois Site Remediation Program (SRP).

The scope of work included environmental assessment, development of remediation plans/specifications, and remediation oversight for Transformation projects.

Key Solutions Provided by the Team

  • Flexible schedules (weekends, non-business hours)
  • Fast-track investigations and reporting
  • As-needed consulting services for environmental issues that arose during the project: USTs, leaking buried pipes; releases encountered during construction, brownfields, LEED, Green Remediation and regulatory support (IEPA, MWRDGC, City of Chicago, Office of the State Fire Marshall)
  • Stakeholders coordination to address schedule and other deviations quickly and efficiently
  • Acted as agent for the owner, Rush University, and signed all manifests for both special and hazardous waste removal and offsite disposal.
  • Conducted real-time confirmation sampling using field screening and x-ray fluorescence to minimize laboratory costs and schedule delays

Client Benefits

  • The owner’s risk due to environmental issues is reduced.
  • Fast-track investigation provided the most efficient, cost effective means to evaluate the site and establish remediation objectives