Foundation work has wrapped up with steel now above grade for University of Illinois Health’s Outpatient Surgery Center & Specialties Clinics, a six-story facility rising in the Illinois Medical District.
Planned by the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC), the 200,000-square-foot development is poised to incorporate a mix of surgical care, education, and research-related programming. Specific features will include eight operating rooms and eight procedure rooms, and additional clinic space for Gastroenterology, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Transplant, Urology, and Pharmacy Services specialties.
The contemporary design is a co-effort by firms Shive-Hattery and ZGF, whose design includes a mix of glass curtain wall and masonry panels. These material alternate at varying widths along the exterior, creating a dynamic presence. The second and third floors will also have a skybridge connection to UIC’s adjacent main hospital building.
Interior of UI Health Outpatient Surgery Center and Specialty Clinics. Rendering by Shive-Hattery and ZGF
The new building will sit central to various transportation options, including bus Route 157 via a two-minute walk east to Taylor & Paulina. Additional buses in the immediate vicinity include Route 12 via a three-minute walk south to Roosevelt & Wood, Routes 9 and X9 via a four-minute walk east to Ashland & Taylor, Route 7 via a four-minute walk north to Polk & Wood, and Route 50 via a six-minute walk west to Damen & Taylor.
Those looking to board the CTA L’s Pink Line will find Polk station via a five-minute walk northeast, while service for the Blue Line is located at Illinois Medical District station via a 15-minute walk northwest.
FH Pachen is the general contractor for the $194 million project. According to an article by UIC, roughly 30 percent of these costs will be spent with local minority, women, persons with disabilities, and veteran-owned business. Additionally, $10 million of the funding will stem from a gift by Bruno and Sallie Pasquinelli. A completion date is anticipated for fall of 2022.