The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ (AAOS) 180,000 SF office building was designed from the inside out to meet its highly-specialized needs.
A significant challenge was in the building’s design because it required two distinct uses, including traditional office space for the organization’s 350 employees and a separate 30,000 SF facility with surgical capabilities. The AOR created an innovative Orthopaedic Learning Center that includes a state-of-the-art bio skills lab and auditorium space with advanced AV to support multiple teaching methods and global distance learning initiatives.
The number of individual ‘clients’ also made this project challenging, as 25 associations within AAOS operate as separate tenants with their own design preferences. The AOR worked with each one to design unique spaces that reflect their individual goals yet contribute to one cohesive aesthetic that supports the AAOS mission. The finished product offers distinct work spaces for each association while offering several common meeting areas for them to collaborate in on demand.
This project promotes sustainability by housing 25 associations in one building, ultimately reducing their individual carbon footprints. The building’s location also contributes to sustainable measures because it is strategically located near O’Hare. Being a short drive from the airport is important to AAOS because it offers low travel times for its 40,000 members who often fly to the Rosemont headquarters for meetings and trainings.
Careful thought was put into the building’s location, systems and finishes to extend flexibility into its operation and maintenance well into the future.