Chicago Architecture Info

Rush University Medical Center Hospital Tower

1650 West Harrison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60612
Basic Information
Designed by Perkins+Will
Cost $575,000,000
Type Other
Floors: 14
Neighborhood: Illinois Medical District
More Information
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.