Cladding is well underway for Rush University Medical Center’s new 10-story cancer and neuroscience center located at 1520 W Harrison Street just east of the Illinois Medical District. The project is named after Joan and Paul Rubschlager, whose donation not only helped fund its construction, but is also the largest in the institution’s history.
At 480,000 square feet, the new building will house space diagnostic imaging, radiation therapy, infusion therapy, and integrated medicine. In total, there will be 300 clinical rooms for exams, treatment, and infusions, as well as state-of-the-art imaging and radiation equipment. Other building features consist of a pharmacy, acupuncture and massage rooms, outdoor terrace space, and a detached parking garage with 900 spaces.
HDR is responsible for the design, with Nia Architects as the sub-consultant. The shape of the structure involves a primarily rectangular massing that rounds at two opposing corners. The exterior will incorporate a mix of facade styles, with the south- and east-facing facades largely wrapped by a dark brick exterior and vertical window openings spanning the height of the building. On the west- and north-facing sides, a multi-toned glass curtain wall will be utilized. The structure will also be connected to Rush Medical’s main building with a sky bridge spanning across S Ashland Avenue.
Patients, clinicians, staff, and visitors will have access to various transit options, the closest buses are Routes 7, 9, and X9 all located at the adjacent corner or Ashland & Harrison. Additional routes within a roughly 10-minute walk include Route 20 to the north, Route 126 to the north and west, Route 60 to the east, Route 157 to the south, and Routes 50 and 755 to the west. For rail access, those looking to board the CTA L Blue Line will find Racine station via a seven-minute walk northeast. The Pink Line is also nearby, with its corresponding Polk station available via an eight-minute walk southeast.
Power Construction is the general contractor behind the $450 million facility, with work expected to complete in 2022.