Drill rigs and other equipment have been spotted at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC)’s future medical building in the Illinois Medical District. Officially known as the UI Health Outpatient Surgery Center and Specialty Clinics, the six-floor, 200,000-square-foot project broke ground last month, with foundation work progressing rapidly.
The 1.5-acre site lies near the southern edge of the main UIC Medical campus, just west of the CTA L Pink Line’s tracks and an attached electrical substation. The official address for the future center is not yet known.
Nearby bus transportation includes Route 157’s Taylor & Paulina stop, a two-minute walk east of the property. Additional bus access includes a three-minute walk south to Route 12’s Roosevelt & Wood stop, a five-minute walk east to Route 9’s Ashland & Taylor stop, and a five-minute walk north to Route 157’s Polk & Wood stop. The CTA’s Polk station, serviced by the Pink Line, can also be found via a five-minute walk northeast.
In addition to the green space at the surrounding medical campuses, park access near the property includes a seven-minute walk northeast to Garibaldi Park, an 11-minute walk east toward Arrigo and Vernon Park, and a nine-minute walk southeast to Addams/Medill Park.
As far as programming, UIC is planning eight operating rooms, eight post-procedure rooms, 48 surgery bays, a pharmacy, as well as clinical space for GI, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, transplants, and urology. According to Chicago Construction last month, UIC has partnered with Povident Resources Group, who will finance almost three fourths of the $194-million project through tax-exempt bonds. Bruno and Sallie Pasquinelli also provided a $10 million gift to help fund the project.
The collaborating architecture firms involved in the project are Shive-Hattery and ZGF. Their design for the building includes both brick and glass vertical sections regularly spaced along its mostly-rectangular massing. An additional element includes a subtle exterior indent on the southwest corner, a gradual transition of the facade’s brick to glass ratio as the facade wraps around the building to adapt to the amount of direct sunlight. Lastly, a glass bridge will connect the building to its northern neighbor at 1740 W Taylor Street.
FH Paschen is serving as the general contractor for the project, expected to open in 2022.