The 180,000-square foot building houses the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeon’s (AAOS) headquarters, more than 25 orthopaedic organizations and a state-of-the art Orthopaedic Learning Center (OLC). Along with AAOS, the 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).
“This beautiful new building, with its state-of-the-art technology and space for growth, flexibility, and distance learning to enhance patient care, represents a unified commitment to the future of orthopaedics and orthopaedic education,” said AAOS President Frederick M. Azar, MD.
“We welcome the Academy, the 25 orthopaedic organizations, and the many orthopaedic surgeons and health care professionals who will travel from throughout the U.S. and the world to learn the latest orthopaedic techniques in this new and beautiful space,” said Village of Rosemont, Ill. Mayor Bradley Stephens. “For more than two decades, the Academy has been a good neighbor, an active member in Rosemont’s business community, and a loyal charter member of the Rosemont Chamber of Commerce.”
The Academy, its partners and tenants had exhausted the capacity at the organization’s previous headquarters at 6300 N. River Rd., also in Rosemont, Ill., and were looking to upgrade the technology, especially in the OLC. Construction on the new, energy-efficient building began in August 2013 and was completed in approximately 18 months. Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) assisted with site selection, Wright Heerema Architects designed the building, and Pepper Construction was the builder.
The new OLC is twice the size of the previous facility and offers:
- Distance learning opportunities, including an international reach for web-based courses;
- A BIO Skills Lab with a large format high-definition display system, digital light processing (DLP) projectors and high-definition broadcast cameras.
- A 24-station skills lab that can be divided into two 12-station labs to accommodate multiple courses at the same time;
- An auditorium able to seat up to 180 participants, divisible into three separate rooms, with state-of-the-art technology including a 3-D projector; and,
- A central audio-visual (AV) control room for all OLC technology.
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