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The tower has been shortened to a 12 story stump.


Previously:

From three finalists, Perkins + Will has been chosen to design the new Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine's Biomedical Research Building that will be constructed at the site of the Prentice Women's Hospital, a Brutalist masterpiece designed by Bertrand Goldberg which is currently being demolished.


http://www.archdaily.com/153733/

Depending on demanded improvements to the design, the new tower could be as tall as 45 stories.


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3 Finalists Chosen For Northwestern U.'s Biomedical Research Center That Will Replace Prentice Hospital

Northwestern University has selected three architectural firms as finalists in a competition to design a new Biomedical Research Building for the Feinberg School of Medicine on the University’s Chicago campus. Now we’d like to get your input on the proposed designs.

Northwestern’s Board of Trustees will make the final selection of the winning design, with a decision expected this year.

The new Biomedical Research Building will be located immediately east of the Lurie Medical Research Center on the site of the former Prentice Women’s Hospital. Northwestern plans to construct approximately 600,000 square feet of research space starting in 2015 with eventual buildout of approximately 1.2 million square feet.

The new Biomedical Research Building will anchor the University’s research facilities and be the hub of a world-class research and development enterprise that attracts innovation and entrepreneurship. Construction of the new state-of-the-art center will create thousands of jobs, help find tomorrow’s cures and generate approximately $3.9 billion in economic activity in Chicago in the coming decade.
The three finalists in the design competition for the new Biomedical Research Building are: (all images: http://www.northwestern.edu/biomedical-research-building-competition/index.html)

Goettsch Partners and Ballinger:




Perkins+Will (the eventual winner):


Curbed



Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture and Payette:



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Prentice isn't pretty but its a unique and important example of brutalist architecture and its a shame to see it go. None of these proposals stand out nearly as much as whats currently there.
 

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Perkins+Will Gets Call for Northwestern Biomedical Design



Northwestern University will build its state-of-the-art biomedical research center under the creative auspices of Chicago's own Perkins+Will, announced the Trib over the weekend. Northwestern spokesperson Alan Cubbage remarked that "the combination of the elegant design and the functionality of the floor plans were key [to the choice of architect]." But he also added that the design won't be finalized until the planning and permitting processes are complete...

The gradual destruction of Bertrand Goldberg's Prentice Women's Hospital must resolve before phase one construction can begin: what constitutes the base for phase two, should Northwestern stick to their guns over a decade-long development span. Phase one has some of the elegance that Cubbage refers to, but little skyline presence. It alone will cost around $370M and take until 2018 or 2019 to finish. If both phases are built, new office and lab space will total 1.2M square feet...
 

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Northwestern's Biomedical Research Tower Gets New Look



Northwestern has revealed an updated design for the project, as well as a time and date to present new details at a community meeting.

In an email from Alderman Brendan Reilly's office to constituents, the alderman announced that a meeting will be held on September 30th at 6pm at the Hughes Auditorium in the Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Building (303 E. Superior Street), where representatives from both Northwestern and Perkins + Will will present more details and likely a timeline for the construction of the new research center.
 

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Northwestern’s New Med Tower Back on the Books



Northwestern’s proposed biomedical research tower (303 East Superior Street) has been thrown back into the bureaucratic flume to resume its downstream journey. This little paper fishy is hoping to spawn a 37-story building designed by Perkins + Will on the site that until last year held Bertrand Goldberg’s bulbous and brutalist Prentice Women’s Hospital.

In December of last year, it was up for approval from the Chicago Plan Commission, the gatekeeper for every major project that gets built in the city. But at the last minute, it was yanked from the Commission’s monthly agenda by 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly.

Reilly decided to postpone a vote on the tower because of some late-hour design changes to the side that faces East Huron Street. According to neighborhood group SOAR, “Because of the need to accommodate air intake equipment with terracotta louvered covers, the proposed eco-friendly and art-installation wall at the base of the tower on the Huron side has been eliminated.”

The artistic problem appears to have been solved, as the skyscraper is once again up for consideration before the Plan Commission at its meeting later this week.

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Northwestern Biomedical Research Tower To Rise Soon

It’s been several months since Northwestern University held its official and very elaborate groundbreaking ceremony for the Louis A. Simpson & Kimberly K. Querrey Biomedical Research Center at 333 East Superior Street. If you’re preservation-minded, you may remember this as the skyscraper that killed Bertrand Goldberg’s beloved Prentice Womens’ Hospital. If you’re not preservation-minded, you may remember this as the skyscraper that put Prentice out of our misery.

Either way, construction on the $50 million, Perkins+Will-designed, Prentice-replacing Simpson-Querrey tower will begin this month, according to a very official Northwestern University document being circulated by neighborhood geriatric gadfly group S.O.A.R.

It’s a non-binding document outlining the construction timeline for the tower in very rough terms. But for skyscraper nerds, it’s a beggar’s banquet of tasty news-flavored morsels of information. To wit:

September –October 2015: Site work will begin with the underpinning and reinforcing of Northwestern University’s existing Superior Street Utility Tunnel. This work will require removal of an existing basement wall along Superior Street in sections so that small diameter (6”) ‘pin’ foundations can be drilled to support the south side of existing tunnel. We expect this to have minimal noise and vibration impact and to be completed by mid-October 2015.

September 2015- December 2015: We will begin caisson installation. We expect this will have a significant noise and vibration impact to surrounding Northwestern University buildings. Over 120 caissons will need to be drilled, more than half of which will have 5’ diameter shafts or larger down to 100’ below grade.

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