Lenox Hill breaks ground for Chicago medical building

Lenox Hill Construction has broken ground on a six-story medical office building in Chicago.  

Lenox Hill Construction, a construction company based in New Lenox, has broken ground on a six-story medical office building in Chicago's River North neighborhood to house the Illinois Orthopedic Network and Wiesman Cosmetic Surgery & Wellness Institute.

"We're growing leaps and bounds," Dr. Irvin Wiesman said. "With the expansion of our network we needed more space both clinically and for administration."

The building's main use will be administrative, but some floors will be used for clinical space.

"We wanted to do something not just run of the mill, commercial block and brick," Dr. Marc Strongin a partner with the Illinois Orthopedic Network, said. "We are an orthopedic practice, but we consider ourselves boutique. We really treat our patients like family and we want them to feel as comfortable as possible when they visit us."

The building, designed by architect Ron Kwaske, will be modern with a glass and aluminum facade.

"The building itself is extremely challenging because it's for medical use and is only 20 feet wide," Kwaske said. "We had to get elevators, offices and treatment rooms to fit while still giving the building a feeling of space. We work with inches, not feet, and from immediately talking to the Lenox Hill team, there was no doubt in my mind that they understood how to put this building together."

Lenox Hill Construction CEO Henry Hill said he was happy to selected by Kwaske for the project.

"There was a natural synergy between us, and I think it will show in the finished product." Hill said. "If all goes as scheduled, we should be done in the next six months."

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