Construction Update
Work Starts on Streeterville Biomedical Research Tower

Work has begun at 333 East Superior Street on Northwestern University’s new research tower.

Officially called the Louis A. Simpson & Kimberly K. Querrey Biomedical Research Center, the tower designed by Perkins+Will replaces Bertrand Goldberg’s legendary Prentice Women’s Hospital.   Dr. Robert L Vogelzang, of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, alerted us when the first dirt moved, and sent this photo in to the tip line:

Construction work at 333 East Superior Street (Courtesy of Dr. Robert L Vogelzang)

Construction work at 333 East Superior Street (Courtesy of Dr. Robert L Vogelzang)

As we reported early this month, job one is for construction crews to reinforce Northwestern’s existing Superior Street utility tunnel.  After that, work can begin on the foundation, including 120 caissons penetrating 100 feet below grade.

The Simpson-Querrey Building will be constructed in two phases.  This first phase will consist of the building’s base, or podium, to be completed by 2018.  The soaring, curvy tower won’t come until an unspecified later date.  If built, it will rise 37 stories, dwarfing its immediate neighbors, but becoming a rather modest presence compared to many other buildings in Streeterville.

Location: 333 East Superior Street, Streeterville


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