Medical facility at Cook County Department of Corrections Completed

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Chicago — The new Residential Treatment Unit (RTU) at the Cook County Department of Corrections in downtown Chicago has been completed. ESD (Environmental Systems Design, Inc.) provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection services (MEP/FP) for the renovation.  The facility is seeking LEED Silver certification.

The 276,450-square-foot medical center will provide treatment for substance abuse, mental illness, and general health screenings and evaluations for inmates of the jail. It contains 979 medical beds, separate male and female intake units, a medical and psychiatric screening facility, 24-hour crisis and intervention services, correctional psychiatric care clinic, and secured exterior recreation yards.

Highlights of the MEP/FP design include a new chilled water system, double-ended switchboard for power reliability, 1 MW emergency generator, and mechanical HVAC equipment redundancy.  ESD sought out detention grade low-flow combo units and show heads for the facility. Sustainable features include energy efficient lighting, occupancy sensors in all office spaces, and time-of-day lighting controls in detention areas.

ESD is a global consulting-engineering firm that focuses on the delivery of high-performance buildings.  The company delivers value by creating healthy and productive environments and designing facilities that are more cost effective, flexible, reliable, and sustainable. Utilizing an integrative design process, ESD’s engineering and design professionals (250+) apply innovative technologies such as energy modeling and BIM (Building Information Modeling) to address owners’ needs. Founded in 1967, the firm is a valued partner for many public and private clients seeking to enrich collaboration through diversity.  ESD’s services include: mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering; LEED certification consulting; sustainable design; energy modeling; commissioning; technology systems design; and BIM.  For more information, visit:

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