Zoning has been approved for the proposed Northwestern Medicine Advanced Outpatient Care Center in Old Irving Park. Located at 4441 W Irving Park Road, the 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 facade 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 facade, 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, include EV charging stations, reduce light spill, use low-emitting materials, complete 80 percent construction waste diversion, and use bird-friendly glass with a low-e coating.
The 54A and 80 CTA bus routes, accessed at the Irving Park and Kilbourn stop, are directly adjacent to the development at the western edge of the site. The Irving Park CTA L station, serviced by the Blue Line, is a ten-minute walk away.
The site was previously zoned B3-1 with a small portion zoned RS-2. The newly approved zoning rezones the site to B3-3. 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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