Rush University Medical Center Hospital Tower in Chicago

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Photo of Rush University Medical Center Hospital Tower in Chicago, Illinois
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Photo of Rush University Medical Center Hospital Tower in Chicago, Illinois
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Photo of Rush University Medical Center Hospital Tower in Chicago, Illinois
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Photo of Rush University Medical Center Hospital Tower in Chicago, Illinois
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Photo of Rush University Medical Center Hospital Tower in Chicago, Illinois
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Photo of Rush University Medical Center Hospital Tower in Chicago, Illinois
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Photo of Rush University Medical Center Hospital Tower in Chicago, Illinois
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Photo of Rush University Medical Center Hospital Tower in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Rush University Medical Center Hospital Tower in Chicago, Illinois
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Photo of Rush University Medical Center Hospital Tower in Chicago, Illinois
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Photo of Rush University Medical Center Hospital Tower in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Rush University Medical Center Hospital Tower in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Rush University Medical Center Hospital Tower in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Rush University Medical Center Hospital Tower in Chicago, Illinois
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Photo of Rush University Medical Center Hospital Tower in Chicago, Illinois
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Photo of Rush University Medical Center Hospital Tower in Chicago, Illinois
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Rush University Medical Center Hospital Tower

1650 West Harrison Street, Chicago, Illinois, Illinois Medical District 60612
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Quick Facts
  • Construction start: 2008
  • Construction finish: 2011
  • Designed by: Perkins+Will
  • Cost: $575,000,000
  • Type: Other
  • Stories: 14
Statistics
  • Floor space: 806,000 square feet
  • Emergency room pods: 60, treating two patients each. Expandable in case of catastrophe.
  • Ambulance bay capacity: six units.
  • Operating rooms: 42
  • Delivery rooms: 10
  • Post-op recovery positions: 102
  • Patient rooms: 304
  • Extended stay patient rooms: 24
  • Robot army: 22 units
Timeline
  • September 25, 2008: Groundbreaking.
  • December, 2011: Construction finished
  • December 8, 2011: The ribbon cutting ceremony was held.
  • January, 2012: The first patients were moved in.
Notes
  • Supplies, samples, and other material is conveyed around the hospital by both an old-fashioned pneumatic tube network, and a mob of laser-guided robots.
  • The ambulance bay can be transformed into a mass decontamination chamber.
  • The lobby features a giant reverse atrium, that allows rain and snow into a glassed-in section of the building filled with trees, moss, rocks, and plants.
  • The shape of this hospital was not inspired by the nearby abandoned Prentice Womens Hospital. It was inspired by the architect's work on a children's hospital in Baltimore.
  • Operating room quality air is pumped through the entire hospital.
  • In the operating rooms, sanitized air constantly washes down over the patient and equipment.
  • Frosted glass panes in the patient room doors allow nurses to check on patients without disturbing them.
Green Things
  • Five green roofs
  • Energy efficient lighting and HVAC systems.
  • More than 90% of the construction debris was recycled.
  • HVAC condensation is collected to generate 1.3 million gallons of fresh water each year.
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  This is Perkins+Will's biggest project since they built the Chase Tower downtown. The building even looks great. It will help extend the city's skyline out toward the West Side.

Brent Kampert - Thursday, August 20th, 2009 @ 4:00pm  

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