Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s new Outpatient Care Pavilion (259 East Erie Street) is chugging right along. The building topped out at the end of July, but that doesn’t mean things will wrap up soon. The project has a scheduled completion date of September, 2014 so there’s still a year’s of construction to go. Because they are more complicated, broadly speaking hospitals take somewhat longer to build than residential buildings. Again, broadly speaking, office building are simpler to build than residential buildings and take less time.
Even after it’s built, it will still take two months to kit the place out with medical equipment and get everyone moved in. It’s expected to open in November of 2014.
When it’s done, the building will be 26 stories tall, with eight stories of parking atop a ground-floor lobby with retail. Above that, a mechanical level, then two floors of outpatient surgery works, four floors for ambulatory care, one floor for outpatient imaging, and then the top seven floors are offices. The office section will be easy to spot because it is set back from the rest of the building. Levels 25 and 26 are mechanical.