Steel is quickly reaching its pinnacle height for the new Rush Specialty Hospital at 516 S Loomis Street in Little Italy. This new building is the next step in the Rush University Medical Campus expansion and will be located just to the east of the Joan and Paul Rubschlager building, which is currently under construction on its parking garage. There is an empty lot between these two projects that awaits a future building with up to 855,000 square feet of programming.
The current construction will add 135,000 square feet of new space geared towards acute care, with room for 56 beds for rehabilitation and 44 beds for long-term care. There will also be dining and lounge areas for patients, staff, and visitors.
The architect of the new Rush building, HDR Architecture, has envisioned a white aluminum and glass facade that reflects other buildings on campus like the clover-shaped main hospital building.
Parking will be available for 70 cars on site, and the I-90 expressway is next to the property. There are also bus stops for Route 7 south of the site, and CTA L service is available at Racine station.
Power Construction has been selected as the general contractor for the $110 million project, expected to open in 2024.