With groundbreaking mere days away at the site of the new Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), Alderman Brendan Reilly (42nd) hosted a third and final community meeting to present construction plans for the $523M project. As we've previously reported, RIC is planning to build a new state-of-the-art medical facility on a vacant parcel at Ontario and McClurg in Streeterville. Designed by HDR and Gensler, the 900,000-square foot building will feature one-of-a-kind, cutting-edge "Ability Labs", 242 patient beds, 680 internal parking spaces, an auditorium, and a tenth floor lobby with sky gardens. In response to community criticism, the 27-story, 480-foot tall tower underwent a redesign earlier this year, resulting in a sleeker and more cohesive structure.
The official groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for July 1st, with site prep expected to begin soon thereafter and take about four weeks. Caisson installation will occur during an 8-week period from September through October. Next up, excavation, foundation work, and utility work, projected to last until the end of November. Completion of the new rehab institute is scheduled for Fall 2016, with occupancy expected in early 2017. Finally, there's still no word on the fate of the existing facility at 345 E. Superior. RIC owns the building, but Northwestern owns the land on which it sits. According to a rep. from RIC present at last night's meeting, it's ultimately Northwestern's call as to what the future holds for the building. Check back for more updates!
·Complete RIC Coverage [Curbed Chicago]