Opus Delivers State-of-the-Art Headquarters for National Healthcare Association
With continuing expansion on the horizon, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) relocated nearly 500 employees to a new property in Itasca, Ill., from its former location in Elk Grove, Ill. With extensive design-build experience in corporate and healthcare administrative offices, AAP enlisted Opus Design Build to construct a 198,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art headquarters.
The AAP is a professional membership organization of 64,000 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 upscale, 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 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 VOA incorporated many sustainable elements into the design and build of the headquarters.
Providing a foundation for scalable growth, AAP’s new headquarters accommodates expansion and supports the organization’s plans going forward.