March 15, 2021

Architect's Newspaper: UIC Simulation Lab Improves Outcomes for Future of Surgery

Architect’s Newspaper has published a new piece on three academic health projects that improve outcomes and uplift spirits including the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) School of Medicine Surgical and Innovation Training Lab (SITL).

As the article explains, the UIC SITL is a 17,000-sf research facility that provides robotic surgical training for medical students and residents. Our team transformed a dark, unused basement into this state-of-the-art simulation laboratory meant to springboard the surgical innovations of the future.

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. It is one of the only training spaces existing today that aims to advance medicine and surgery in such unknown or harrowing terrains. The ability to test out surgical procedures in untested environments– outer space, (a space shuttle, the International Space Station, Mars) the desert, a life raft– is a core piece of the SITL and how Dr. Pier Giulianotti, professor of surgery and chief of the division of general, minimally invasive, and robotic surgery, hopes to push the future of surgery and its practitioners forward.

The full Architect’s Newspaper article is online. Here is a key excerpt:

“Despite the lab’s subterranean location, strips of tunable lighting and colored flooring give it a welcoming and futuristic aesthetic. A green wall and skylights—inspired by the Louvre’s glass pyramid—infuse nature and light into the basement. Dichroic glazing in the conference room functions as a window into the neighboring lab or, with the flip of a switch, as an opaque privacy window.

The SITL is also inspired by theater design. Similar to backstage theater sets, the SITL has flexible storage spaces that allow students to swap out different pieces of equipment when needed.”

Learn more about the UIC Simulation and Innovation Training Lab >