If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “There just aren’t enough beige buildings in Chicago,” then Northwestern’s got your back.
The pre-cast concrete panels that will make up the facade of Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Outpatient Pavilion (259 East Erie Street) are now being hoisted into place and attached to the outside of the building. And, as expected, they’re in majestic breathtaking beige — The internationally recognized color of mediocrity, used by amateurs and professionals alike for occasions when light grey just isn’t bland enough.
For years Northwestern has been fighting a battle against light and color as it turns Streeterville into a warren of beige stone-lined canyons. It suffered setbacks with the opening of Park View West (505 North McClurg Court), and 500 North Lake Shore Drive, but rallied to bring us such forgettable structures as the Northwestern Memorial Who Cares If The Emergency Room Is Overflowing We Need A New Research Building And Mercedes Parking Garage building, and that other beige building. And the other one.
But there is some hope. The official pictures of the project make it look like there may be shafts of glass on the corners and possibly in between the shafts of beige concrete, but it’s hard to tell from the drawing.
When complete, the Outpatient Care Pavilion will be 25-stories tall — 14 stories of medical office space, 2 stories of retail, 7 floors of parking, and 2 mechanical floors. The building’s official web site is here. Look for occupancy in fall of 2014.