Construction Season Opens on Chicago Campus

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Construction Season Opens on Chicago Campus

constructionAn often-heard saying is that Chicago has two seasons: winter and construction. If that’s the case, the construction season has begun in earnest on Northwestern’s Chicago campus with two major projects under way. Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Wesley Pavilion, at the northwest corner of Fairbanks Court and Superior Street, is being demolished. The site should be cleared by year’s end for construction of a new women’s hospital (completion expected in 2007). The Prentice Pavilion, which currently houses the women’s hospital, will continue operations until that time; future locations for the inpatient psychiatry unit in the adjoining Stone Pavilion are being evaluated. After current uses of the Prentice and Stone Pavilions cease, the site will revert to Northwestern University for possible research expansion.

Diagonally across the Fairbanks Court–Superior Street intersection, construction of the Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center of Northwestern University has begun. The 12-story building, expected to be completed in 2004, will contain approximately 185,000 net square feet of research space for laboratories and offices in the fields of cancer, genetics and molecular medicine, neurosciences, and bioengineering and advanced medicine.

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