The AHA is on the move
After 16 years at 1 N. Franklin St., the Chicago headquarters of the American Hospital Association has moved. While 155 N. Wacker Drive is just three blocks away, the move certainly wasn’t as simple as a walk around the block. It took 80 moving trucks to haul everything to the new digs, says John Evans, senior vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer.
The AHA looked closely at three locations in the West Loop area of downtown Chicago—which is particularly convenient to the two biggest commuter rail stations: its old offices, its new ones and one other potential suitor, Evans says. The floor plan at 155 N. Wacker Drive is more efficient, allowing the AHA to lease less space yet still have just as many offices and cubicles and expanded common areas, Evans said. Outliers went on a tour of the new space last week. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide a lot of natural light, even, Evans pointed out, for cubicle dwellers who aren’t right next to a window. The office also includes a meeting room with high-definition teleconferencing to bring the Chicago headquarters closer to the AHA’s senior management in Washington.
Next to the board room is a smaller meeting room dedicated to former AHA President Richard Davidson—his photo is already on the wall. Even though the visit was just days after the AHA moved in, Outliers was impressed that a metal AHA logo had been mounted near an elevator bank, and another had been painted on the glass at the front entrance.
For more photos from the AHA’s new offices, see Modern Healthcare’s group on Flickr: flickr.com/groups/modernhealthcare.
The AHA is settling into its new home.