Renderings have been revealed for the proposed Northwestern Medicine Advanced Outpatient Care Center in Old Irving Park. Located at 4441 W Irving Park Road, the community facility site spans the full block from N Kenneth Avenue to N Kilbourn Avenue. Planned by Northwestern Medicine, the development will replace multiple structures currently fronting W Irving Park Road.
Designed by CannonDesign, the project will produce a four-story medical center that references the surrounding context through its design principles. The design employs an articulation of edges and carving of the volume to line up the building with prominent datums in the surrounding community.
The main façade is broken into three segments. The first portion is the main entrance, which has the most glass. This intentionally brings more light into the entrance, creating a lighter and brighter space. The middle of the building is bumped out to the lot line, featuring the Northwestern logo. This protrusion uses more permanent, heavy materials including limestone and terracotta. The final section screens the underground parking garage ramps while allowing the rest of the building to rise above it. The ramps are obscured with a full façade, using limestone and terracotta panels with metal screens in between. 350 parking spaces will be included as part of the development.
The main entrance of the building is set back from the street with an outdoor public plaza. Spanning 2,400 square feet, the plaza will front W Irving Park Road with a pedestrian-friendly space. The space will provide seating, bike racks, and greenery. A possible retail storefront would also be accessible from the plaza. The structure will be topped by 24,000 square feet of green roof space.
The development will achieve LEED Silver status by including EV charging stations, reducing light spill, using low-emitting materials, completing 80 percent construction waste diversion, and using bird-friendly glass with a low-e coating.
The site is currently zoned B3-1 with a small portion zoned RS-2. The developer is requesting a zoning change to B3-3 for the entire site. Poised to cost $150 million, the construction of the project will be led by Power Construction. Groundbreaking is expected by early fall 2021.
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