Lake Behavioral Hospital

2615 W. Washington Street
Waukegan, Illinois

Project size: 90,000 square feet

Project Architect: Legat Architects

Project Description

In the last few years, there has been a steady influx of the construction of behavioral health hospitals due to the lack of services in many communities. The expansion of the Lake Behavioral Hospital in Waukegan allows the health system to provide services on a broader scale ensuring that their patients have the appropriate treatments, long-term inpatient care, and the proper measures to keep them safe.

The expansion spans 90,000 square feet and is four stories high – it is now one of the largest freestanding inpatient and outpatient mental health and addiction treatment hospitals in the country. Reed utilized BIM coordination and a LEAN construction approach in order to meet an aggressive 11-month schedule. The owner and architect invested time into the design of the building’s interiors to be light and bright with a lot of windows, each paint color was picked for a specific reason which was all tied back to making the patient feel better. The largest difference between the construction of Lake Behavioral Hospital and a standard medical facility is the focus on the type of patient safety which incorporates anti-ligature requirements, no blind corners, secure holding areas and egress points to name a few.

These measures lend toward the real goal of a targeted hospital for behavioral health, which is to provide a therapeutic environment for patients to thrive. There are shared amenity rooms, therapy spaces, communal dining areas, and indoor and outdoor recreational spaces for patients to enjoy.