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August 08, 2013

Building Orthopaedics: Center for Orthopaedic Learning and Skills Development Breaks Ground

New headquarters for American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, orthopaedic organizations

ROSEMONT, Ill.—Today, leaders from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons—along with representatives from four equity partners—will break ground at the site of the Academy’s new headquarters. The all-orthopaedic building, which will be 180,000 square feet, will house more than 25 specialty orthopaedic organizations and a state-of-the art Orthopaedic Learning Center (OLC).
The Academy’s equity partners for the headquarters are: the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA); the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM); the American Association of Hip & Knee Surgeons (AAHKS); and the Orthopaedic Learning Center (OLC).
“Most importantly, this move demonstrates the unity of the specialty of orthopaedics and a specialty-wide commitment to education. In the new building, state-of-the-art learning space will allow for growth, flexibility and distance learning, therefore expanding our capacity to serve our members,” said Joshua J. Jacobs, MD, president of the AAOS.

The new building, expected to be complete in 18 months, will be built on the northwest corner of River and Higgins Roads in Rosemont, Ill., on 2.2 acres of a 5-acre plot of land. The headquarters will be on the east end of the site, and a 155-room hotel is planned for the west end of the site. Wright Heerema Architects designed the building, Pepper Construction will construct it and Jones Lang LaSalle is the project manager and real estate consultant to the Academy.

 “We are particularly delighted to celebrate this substantial new development.  The Academy has been an active member in Rosemont’s business community for more than two decades, and a loyal charter member of the Rosemont Chamber of Commerce,” said Rosemont, Illinois Mayor Brad Stephens.

The Academy, its partners and tenants had exhausted the capacity of the current building. Faced with limited space and a need to modernize technology, Academy volunteers, staff and tenant partners dedicated themselves to finding the right solution to increase the office space and expand the amenities and the technological capabilities in OLC courses.
The new OLC will be twice the current size and offer:
  • distance learning opportunities, including an international reach for webcast courses;
  • a 24-station skills lab, which can be divided into two 12-station labs to accommodate multiple courses at the same time; and
  • an OLC auditorium, which will be able to seat up to 180 participants, divisible into three separate rooms, with state-of-the-art technology.
“The Academy, our equity partners, and the dozens of specialty societies that will move with us as tenants, all are thinking about the future. With more useable staff office space, the new building will allow us all an opportunity to modernize our workspaces and offers room to grow, both of which are a nod to the future,” said Karen Hackett, FACHE, CAE and CEO of the Academy.
The Academy owns the building at 6300 N. River Rd., and plans to sell the building, which was built in 1969 and has about 151,000 square feet.

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