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Opus Flexes Build-to-Suit Expertise for American Academy of Pediatrics HQ

With continuing expansion on the horizon, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) chose Opus Design Build, L.L.C. and their extensive design-build experience in corporate and administrative offices to build their new headquarters in suburban Chicago.
 
The AAP is a professional membership organization of 66,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical sub-specialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. AAP’s new headquarters exemplifies the organization’s important mission with up-scale, modern amenities in an environment that fosters advancement and allows for growth.

Located in the Hamilton Lakes Business Park near O’Hare International Airport, the 183,603-square-foot, rectangular and curved building features an all-glass façade with 10-foot floor-to-ceiling windows around the perimeter. In the main entrance, a large, open atrium rises to the third floor, welcoming guests and employees in grand fashion.

The five-story building is customized to AAP’s needs, including general work space for employees and tastefully designed areas for hosting industry conferences and events. A recording studio and full print shop further enhances AAP’s in-house marketing capabilities, and a temperature- and humidity-controlled area will protect the organization’s invaluable historical archives and legacy pediatrics records.

Sustainability is a high priority for the AAP; therefore, Opus and Stantec, the building’s architect, incorporated many sustainable elements into the design and build of the headquarters. The distinctive floor-to-ceiling windows and unique multi-colored glass fins around the entire building provide an aesthetic element inspired by European designs, and also aid in preventing solar heat gain. The building's design also incorporates other sustainable elements throughout, including high-performing and high-efficiency HVAC units, high-performing glass and LED lighting. The site also features bioswales and water filtration areas, electric car charging stations and permeable pavers.

Providing a foundation for scalable growth, AAP’s new headquarters will accommodate expansion and support the organization’s plans going forward. The building was completed in late fall 2017.