May Program - Second Act: The Transformation of Old Cook County Hospital

May 12, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Zoom (Virtual Meeting)

Built in 1914, the Cook County Hospital building was at one time one of the largest hospitals in the world and was the center of the Illinois Medical District. The neoclassical Beaux-Arts style architecture, as well as the many medical discoveries that were made at the hospital made it a world-renowned landmark. Closed in 2002 when the new John H. Stroger Hospital opened, the hospital stayed vacant for nearly 20 years before undergoing an extensive renovation and transformation to bring life back to this once vibrant building. Developer Chris Horney, with Murphy Real Estate Services, will share the story behind the company’s decision to undertake the redevelopment of this massive building while Ken Johnston with Walsh Group,  Ian Kaminski-Coughlin from SOM, and Rachel Will with Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates will tell the story of the steps taken to give this Chicago Landmark a new life as a hotel, medical office, food hall, and venue to serve the needs of the surrounding community.


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About Our Speakers

Chris Horney, Managing Director | Murphy Real Estate Services

Chris Horney joined Murphy Real Estate Services in 2013 and currently serves as the company’s Managing Director. Chris brings a breadth of real estate and finance experience to the role, including real estate/asset investment analysis and development execution. Chris is involved in the day-to-day management and oversight of the firm’s development initiatives, such as the redevelopment of the Old Cook County Hospital and the ground-up development of a seven-story office complex for Michigan State University in Grand Rapids . Most recently, Chris completed The Paragon, a 500-unit luxury apartment building at 1326 S. Michigan and the ground-up development of a 132-key Cambria Hotel in downtown Milwaukee. Additionally, Chris is a LEED-accredited professional, and a member of both the Economic Club of Chicago and Young Real Estate Professionals and is the Treasurer of Purdue Sigma Chi House Corporation.

Ken Johnston, Senior Project Manager | The Walsh Group

Ken Johnston is a senior project manager at The Walsh Group and has managed some of the firms largest commercial, hospitality and historic restoration projects across the City of Chicago. Ken leads multiple components of a project from on-site staffing to subcontractor relationships to project schedule and the administration of quality and safety programs. Ken has managed a diverse range of projects throughout his 20-year career, including the recent transformation of Chicago's old Cook County Hospital, a historic landmark that was left vacant for 15 years, then transformed into a dual branded Hyatt Hotel. He was also the project lead on the award-winning adaptive re-use of the Art-Deco Chicago Motor Club, converting the historic high-rise into a Hampton Inn. Ken is a graduate of Iowa State University and holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Civil Engineering.

Ian Kaminski-Coughlin, AIA, Architect and Project Manager | Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Ian Kaminski-Coughlin is an Architect and Project Manager in SOM’s Chicago office. He is responsible for managing communications between the client, consultants, and contractors, and works with project teams on a day to day basis, ensuring that the firm’s services are accomplished in a professional and timely manner. Ian takes a collaborative approach to architecture and is known for his ability to understand and address different agendas, while delivering projects that maintain a high standard of design excellence. He has a Masters of Architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was the Project Manager on the Cook County Hospital Adaptive Reuse project.

Rachel Will, PE, Associate Principal and Associate Director of Knowledge Sharing | Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
Rachel Will, PE is an Associate Principal and Associate Director of Knowledge Sharing with Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. She has been with WJE since 2006. Ms. Will received her Master of Science degree in Historic Preservation from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Structures from Iowa State University in 2005. She has experience related to the investigation and repair of existing and historic building facades. She has performed numerous evaluations of historic masonry facades and prepared repair documents along with provided construction period observations for many terra cotta clad buildings. She has authored multiple articles and given many presentations related to masonry, terra cotta and historic preservation.

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CPSM CEU Credits: 1

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