October 4, 2021

UIC Surgical Innovation Training Lab Places in HCD Remodel/Renovation Competition

Our team is honored this groundbreaking project was the Bronze winner in the annual competition. Earlier this year, the project also won the Award of Merit in the Healthcare Design Showcase

The UIC Surgical Innovation Training Lab, which opened its doors last fall, is set to educate the surgeons of the future and be the testing ground for new surgical techniques and equipment.

UIC challenged our design team to create a space that allows for education using today’s latest technologies and also includes a space for “out of the box” thinking, experimentation, research, collaboration and discoveries.

The resulting space used the flexibility of theater design as inspiration. Theater stages are designed with behind-the-scenes storage spaces for quick set and costume changes. The centerpiece of the SITL is the Innovation Lab, which connects a traditional surgical space and an experimentation research garage known as the Surgical Innovation Garage. Storage spaces allow for adaptability and flexibility – equipment can move in and out to create different modes of use. It is also meant to pioneer the future “surgineer,” the future surgeon being a clinician as well as a computer scientist and a medical technology engineer and inventor.

While underground, the lab has a strong presence above ground with its Louvre Museum-inspired skylights. This provides those on campus a glimpse of the innovation happening below and those in the simulation lab a window to the outside.

Since its opening, the project has been featured in outlets such as Fast Company and Architect’s Newspaper.

This marks the third year in a row that a CannonDesign project has placed in the HCD Remodel/Renovation competition. In 2019, the Advocate Aurora Health Lutheran General Hospital Neuro ICU project was a Gold winner and in 2020 the University of Kansas Strawberry Hill Behavioral Health Hospital was a Bronze winner.