In a remarkable twist of fate and design, Streeterville will not be saddled with yet another pre-cast beige concrete building with the word “Northwestern” on it.
The latest pictures of construction progress at the hospital’s new Outpatient Care Pavilion (259 East Erie Street) show slivers of shiny blue glass creeping up from the lower floors, bringing light to a formerly dark corner of the neighborhood. It actually looks better than the drawings, which depict beige concrete and dull grey glass.
What you don’t see in the CrappyCameraPhone™ photos above is the fact that construction crews have just started working on the skybridge linking this building with the parking garage at Erie and Fairbanks. Interestingly, the bridge has its own foundation, separate from the rest of the building, complete with its own caissons.
While there’s glass on the outside, this building is still more than a year from completion. Look for a ribbon cutting in November of 2014.