South Loop Brownfield a Step Closer to New Life [u]
May12

South Loop Brownfield a Step Closer to New Life [u]

One of the few remaining great tracts of disused land near downtown Chicago is another baby step towards being put to productive use again. Almost exactly one year after we told you that Related Midwest was in talks to develop the South Loop brownfield bordered by West Roosevelt Road, South Clark Street, West 16th Street, and the Chicago River, it has inked a deal with the city to do just that. The patch of ground was a former rail...

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Simpson Querrey? or Simpson Quarry? Northwestern’s Deep Dig
Apr12

Simpson Querrey? or Simpson Quarry? Northwestern’s Deep Dig

With caisson work having wrapped up, crews have turned their attention to digging a foundation at the Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly K. Querrey Institute for BioNanotechnology in Medicine on Northwestern University‘s Chicago campus. Construction got underway in September at 333 East Superior Street, the former site of the old Prentice Women’s Hospital. The Simpson-Querrey Building, designed by Perkins + Will,  is being...

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Shove over, weedy lot. Here comes Riverline!
Mar30

Shove over, weedy lot. Here comes Riverline!

The first heavy machinery arrived in a derelict patch of the South Loop yesterday, eager to bite into the loam and build downtown Chicago’s next planned community. When finished, Riverline will fill the vacant space south of Harrison Street, north of Roosevelt Road, and west of Wells Street along the South Branch of the Chicago River. It will eventually be composed of 2,700 homes in five towers, plus a smattering of townhouses,...

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Northwestern Can Now Go Deep, Reach High in Streeterville
Feb01

Northwestern Can Now Go Deep, Reach High in Streeterville

The muddy mess that once one Prentice Women’s Hospital is about to really and truly become Northwestern’s new medical research building. The city has issued a permit so that all that heavy machinery that’s been planting caissons at 303 East Superior Street can plant those caissons and do the rest of the foundation work on the Perkins+Will-designed building: Foundation and below grade (2 basements) construction for...

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Shoptalk: Perkins+Will Named Chicago Firm of the Year
Dec28

Shoptalk: Perkins+Will Named Chicago Firm of the Year

We don’t do a lot of awards news here.  Mostly because there are thousands of architecture awards handed out each year, sometimes for minutiae, by organizations big and miniscule.  But the Chicago chapter of the AIA is a big deal, and so is its Firm of the Year award, which this year went to Perkins+Will.  This is the firm’s 80th year for its flagship office here in the Windy City.  Read more about it in the press release...

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More Cutting-Edge Architecture For Northwestern University
Nov13

More Cutting-Edge Architecture For Northwestern University

Northwestern University continues to transform its campus into a showcase for modern architecture.  Today, ground was broken on the 427,000-sqare-foot Ryan Fieldhouse and Walter Athletics Center, a two-in-one building designed by Chicago’s largest architecture firm, Perkins+Will. The building sports unobstructed views north and east over Lake Michigan, and of the Chicago skyline to the south. Northwestern recently opened the...

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AIA Chicago Awards Recognize Top Architects At 60th Annual Designight
Oct26

AIA Chicago Awards Recognize Top Architects At 60th Annual Designight

AIA Chicago recognized outstanding architecture and architects on Friday, Oct. 23 at Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom during the 60th annual Design Excellence Awards ceremony. The celebration–known as Designight–was a celebration of the best of the best in architecture. It included 36 awards for projects in four categories: Distinguished Building, Interior Architecture, Divine Detail, and a new 10-Year Award recognizing a...

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P+W Gets High Honor for High School in South Loop
Oct12

P+W Gets High Honor for High School in South Loop

By now you’ve had plenty of time to ogle the new Jones Prep High School in the South Loop.  The postmodern-with-a-touch-of-modern school runs for a block-and-a-half down State Street between West Harrison and West Polk Streets.  It replaces the brutalist cube that went into service in 1967 and still stands at 700 South State Street. For its work on the new school, Chicago’s own Perkins+Will has been awarded the 2015 Mies...

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Work Starts on Streeterville Biomedical Research Tower
Sep28

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...

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Victorian-Era Chicago Building Being Demolished For Nothing
Sep19

Victorian-Era Chicago Building Being Demolished For Nothing

Perched on the banks of that taillight tributary called Congress Parkway sits one of Chicago’s oldest buildings.  But not for long. Demolition crews are revving their engines to eviscerate Rush University Medical Center’s Jones Building (1753 West Congress Parkway), a Victorian-era pile that is part of a hospital so venerable that it’s older than the city, itself. The building in question is Rush’s Jones...

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