Northwestern University Picks Perkins + Will for Prentice Tower Replacement

Midwest
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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Perkins & Will's submission for ex-Prentice site.

Perkins & Will’s submission for ex-Prentice site, depicted after one of two construction phases.

Perkins + Will’s beveled, glassy facade looks likely to replace to a modernist icon whose long battle for preservation ended earlier this year.

Last month Northwestern Memorial Hospital released three finalist designs for its new biomedical research center, the successor to Bertrand Goldberg’s partially demolished Old Prentice Women’s Hospital. Northwestern spokesperson Alan Cubbage told the Tribune, “the combination of the elegant design and the functionality of the floor plans were key.”

Perkins + Will

Perkins + Will

Construction on the $370 million project could start as soon as 2015, finishing by late 2018 or early 2019. Eventually reaching 1.2 million square feet, the medical research facilities would be built over two phases of construction, culminating in a 45-story tower. The cost of phase two has not been determined and would be in addition to the $370 million first phase.

Community group Streeterville Organization of Active Residents (SOAR) last month laid out their hopes for a more “iconic” building than those proposed in an open letter to those involved with the project.

The other finalists were Goettsch Partners, working with Philadelphia-based Ballinger; and Adrian Smith+Gordon Gill Architecture, working with Boston’s Payette Architects.

Perkins + Will

Perkins + Will

Perkins & Will's submission for ex-Prentice site.

Perkins & Will’s submission for ex-Prentice site.

Perkins & Will's submission for ex-Prentice site, after the second construction phase.

Perkins & Will’s submission for ex-Prentice site, after the second construction phase.

Perkins & Will's submission for ex-Prentice site.

Perkins & Will’s submission for ex-Prentice site.

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