Remaining exterior touches and landscaping are now underway for the six-story medical facility known as the UI Health Outpatient Surgery Center and Specialty Clinics. Replacing a formerly vacant lot at 900 W Taylor Street, the new structure is located directly south of the hospital’s main building in the Illinois Medical District.
At 200,000 square feet, programming will equip the campus with eight new operating rooms, eight new procedure rooms, pharmacy services, and a host of added exam rooms across a range of specialties. These specialities will include gastroenterology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, transplant, and urology. The layout and functions will also be tailored toward the educational nature of UI Health.
ZGF and Shive Hattery have co-designed the contemporary edifice, whose massing folds up from the base to allow for a unique overhanging entryway. The facade features vertical bands of glass and concrete, whose widths vary throughout the facade for a more dynamic visual component. There will also be a two-story skybridge that connects the second and third floors to the main hospital building, adding another node to web of skybridge connections across the campus.
For transit, the site is closely connected to several transit options, including Divvy Bike stations and easily accessible bike lanes, bus service, and CTA L trains. For bus service, closest stops can be found for Route 157 via a two-minute walk east to Taylor & Paulina. Also within a 10-minute walking radius are additional stops for Routes 7, 9, X9, and 50. As far as the CTA L, the Pink Line at Polk station is a five-minute walk northeast, while the Blue Line at Illinois Medical District station is a 14-minute walk northwest.
Reported to cost $200 million, the build has been carried out by Pepper Construction serving as general contractor. This massive medical addition is expected to fully complete by this coming fall.
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