As facade work enters its final leg, glass installation is now underway for the University of Illinois’ new medical building in the Illinois Medical District. Known as the UI Health Outpatient Surgery Center & Specialty Clinics, the six-story facility will offer more than 200,000 square feet of programming.
For the outpatient surgery component, the new structure will house eight operating rooms and eight procedure rooms. Meanwhile, the clinical portion will accommodate rooms for Gastroenterology, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Transplant, Urology, and Pharmacy Services. Given the building’s integration with the UI Health system, much of the intended use will be oriented around training healthcare workers. The second and third floors will also be linked to UI Health’s main building via a glass sky bridge.
The sleek contemporary design is a collaboration between firms ZGF and Shive-Hattery. The rectangular massing involves a triangular cut-out near the entrance, while the exterior consists of textured concrete panels that slant outward and vary in their patterning.
The development site is bound by Taylor, Hermitage, and Wood, having been previously occupied by a vacant grass lot. The site is also inundated with various nearby transit options, with the CTA L Polk Station just a five-minute walk northeast. For bus service, Route 157 stops can be found via a two-minute walk east to Taylor & Paulina. Also within walking distance are Routes 7, 9, X9, and 50.
Rising in tandem with the outpatient and surgery center is a new welcome atrium at the opposite corner of Taylor & Wood. This glassy two-level structure designed by Legat Architects attaches directly to the main UI Health building, and will come with a main atrium area, public seating, registration, a security station, meditation and pastoral care areas, and conference rooms.
Tallying at an estimated $194 million, the current work is being carried out by Pepper Construction Company and Brown & Momen Construction as co-general contractors. Both the facility and the atrium are expected to open next year.