Construction Update: Cook County Central Campus Health Center

Cook County Central Campus Health Center

The Cook County Central Campus Health Center rises up from the corner of Damen and Polk.

Iron rules the day as crews continue building the new Cook County Central Campus Health Center at 1950 West Polk Street in the Medical District. Clayco has had a tower crane at its disposal for just over a month now, and it’s doing big work, stacking steel beam atop steal beam for the future nine-story, 282,000-square-foot facility.

Gensler and Forum Studio shared design duties on this project. Read how the December press release from The Cook County Health & Hospitals System explained the health center’s capabilities:

Clinical services provided in the new health center will include outpatient specialty services such as dental, ophthalmology, oncology, infusion, dermatology, diabetes and endocrine and adult medicine. The first four floors will house clinical space, with the remaining floors serving as administrative space. The flexible building design allows for administrative  to be turned in to clinical space as necessary.

It is expected to open in 2018.

 

#33: Cook County Central Campus Health Center puts a tower crane in the air

Cook County Central Campus Health Center tower crane

Looked out the window this morning, and there it was. Cook County Central Campus Health Center has a tower crane.

Before I took the time to post photos from Saturday of the tower crane stub at Cook County Central Campus Health Center, Clayco went ahead a put the darn thing up! That’ll teach me to procrastinate. (No, it won’t. It should though.) Not sure exactly which days saw work on the crane, but there it was outside the B.U.C. HQ window this morning, shining in the sunlight.

CCCCHC is now the 33rd active tower crane in Chicago.

Cook County Central Campus Health Center plants a tower crane

Cook County Central Campus Health Center tower crane

Spring is the season for sprouting tower cranes, like this one for the Cook County Central Campus Health Center.

Thanks to a little birdie’s tip, we heard the nine-story, 282,000-square-foot Cook County Central Campus Health Center at the corner of Damen Avenue and Polk Street planted a tower crane stub this past week. The project was designed by Gensler, in collaboration with Forum Studios. Also joining the design/build team is Clayco, Inc. which is serving as the general contractor as well. They got some help from Stalworth Underground, who drove the sheeting for the foundation two weeks ago that you’ll see in the photos below.

 

Rubble marks the spot where Rush has demolished former student-housing buildings

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t go visit properties permitted for demolition, you could miss them.

February 27 saw a total of 13 demolition permits issued for buildings owned by Rush University Medical Center that had been previously used to house students. The buildings, all on the north side of the street in the 1400 and 1500 blocks of West Harrison Street, were soon torn into by Brandenburg Industrial Service. Sure, I may have looked out the window a time or two in that direction, but a real visit this past weekend yielded nothing but rubble.

According to a story in Crain’s Chicago Business back in 2015, Rush has plans for a 9-story, 620,000-square-foot outpatient center on the site. But of course those plans could have changed in the year-and-a-half interim.

Of note in the midst of the rubble is one building that remains at the east end of the demolition area, still standing, yet surrounded by construction fence. Air conditioners galore make it look lived-in, but with all those barriers, that doesn’t seem possible. But will that structure remain?

Caisson work begins on the Cook County Central Campus Health Center

Cook County Central Campus Health Center

The unmistakable yellow masts of Case Foundation drilling caissons at the new Cook County Central Campus Health Center.

Case Foundation is on the case in the Illinois Medical District, as caisson work is underway for the new Cook County Central Campus Health CenterThe nine-story, 282,000-square-foot facility at the corner of Damen Avenue and Polk Street was designed by Gensler, in collaboration with Forum Studio. Also joining the design/build team is Clayco, Inc. which is serving as the general contractor as well.

*** Forum and Clayco share a motto, “The Art & Science of Building” and an address, at 35 East Wacker. Their involvement in this together is no coincidence. ***

The Cook County Health & Hospitals System broke ground on the new digs back on December 1, 2016. A foundation permit was filed by the City of Chicago January 20.

You can read the entire press release immediately below the photo gallery.

 

Construction Begins on New Cook County Central Campus Health Center

December 1, 2016

Today, the Cook County Health & Hospitals System (CCHHS), Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, and the Cook County Board of Commissioners broke ground on a new state-of-the-art health center in Chicago.

“The Central Campus Health Center represents a true and lasting commitment to the Cook County Health & Hospitals System, the patients it serves, and our greater community,” said President Preckwinkle. “Today’s celebration is not just about the construction of a new building, but about the promise this project brings to people across Cook County who are in need of expert health care.”

The new 9-story, 282,000 square foot building located at the corner of Polk Street and Damen Avenue, will be completed in 2018. The construction of the new Central Campus Health Center represents a more than $100 million investment by Cook County.

“Thanks to the support from the Cook County Board of Commissioners, the health system will have the modern space and amenities it needs to thrive and expand its capacity to serve,” said M. Hill Hammock, Chair, CCHHS Board of Directors.

Clinical services provided in the new health center will include outpatient specialty services such as dental, ophthalmology, oncology, infusion, dermatology, diabetes and endocrine and adult medicine. The first four floors will house clinical space, with the remaining floors serving as administrative space. The flexible building design allows for administrative  to be turned in to clinical space as necessary.
“The new health center will provide our patients an updated, welcoming space, reflective of the high-quality care they receive,” said Dr. Jay Shannon, CEO, CCHHS. “With this project we are coming closer to realizing our future as a modern, integrated person-centered health system, providing expert care while fulfilling our historical mission to care for all in need. Our patients deserve no less.”

Demand for primary and specialty care on the Central Campus is significant. CCHHS cares for more than 300,000 unique patients across the county each year, seeing approximately one million outpatient visits annually- more than half of which take place on the health system’s Central Campus.

“The development of this health center will transform the inner core of Chicago’s West side,” said Cook County Commissioner Robert Steele. “In addition to better serving the patients of our county health system, the construction of the health center will generate new jobs, stimulating our local economy.”

With the new health center, CCHHS will be able to decommission the dilapidated Fantus Health Center, as well as the outdated Administration and Hektoen buildings. Together, these buildings would otherwise require $128 million in deferred maintenance.

“The Central Campus Health Center project is an exciting development opportunity for both the 27th Ward and all of Cook County; a welcomed addition to the Illinois Medical District and upgrade to the way specialized and ambulatory health care services are delivered to all its patients,” said Chicago Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr.

Clayco, the developer and design/builder in partnership with project manager CBRE, has assembled a world-class team including executive architect Forum Studio and design architect Gensler, along with numerous local minority- and women- owned business enterprises. The health center’s design is intended to meet LEED Silver standards for energy-efficiency and environmental impact.

“We are honored to be a partner in the development and delivery, of not only an amazing architectural building, but an integrated health center that meets patient needs,” said Robert G. Clark, CEO, Clayco. “We are committed to reaching out into the community for a diverse workforce and to truly make an impact in Cook County.”

The Central Campus Health Center building and a complimentary project to construct a women and children’s center inside CCHHS’ Stroger Hospital were approved by the Illinois Health Facilities Planning & Services Review Board in September 2016.

Demolition Update: Rush University Medical Center Tear-Downs

Rush demolition

Only a portion of the Senn Building remains, of the four structures demolished at Rush University Medical Center.

It was built in 1903. The Senn Building, at Rush University Medical Center, is the last of the buildings remaining of the four permitted for demolition back in September of 2015. The others, Rawson, Jones, and Murdoch, are rubble and dust and memories already. The plan, for now, is not to replace the structures, but rather to leave open green space.