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Drawing of Perkins and Will proposal for Northwestern University Biomedical Research Building

Almost a month ahead of its self-imposted deadline, Northwestern University has decided which design it wants for its new Biomedical Research Building at 320 East Huron Street.

Chicago’s Perkins and Will has been awarded the commission, according to Crain’s Chicago Business.  Perkins and Will was competing against four other competitors for the new skyscraper to replace Bertrand Goldberg’s Prentice Women’s Hospital, which is now being disassembled.

The new tower will be erected in two phases, with work on a 600,000 square-foot 12-story main podium starting in 2015.  The tower portion of the building will be added at an unspecified later date.

You can see pictures of the Perkins and Will design below.

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