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Cook County Hospital’s new outpatient center is ready to go vertical

Work on the building’s nine-story superstructure can begin


Thanks to a relatively mild winter, foundation work on the upcoming Cook County Central Campus Health Center is all wrapped up and the new outpatient facility can begin its nine-story climb skyward. According to a construction permit issued this week, the $109 million project headed to 1950 W. Polk in Chicago’s University Village neighborhood has been cleared to do just that.

The 282,000-square-foot Central Campus Health Center comes from builder/developer Clayco and design architect Gensler. Unfortunately, it appears that the building’s previous facade design featuring angular glass fiber reinforced concrete panels has been replaced by a less exciting curtain wall.

As of yesterday, steel is already on-site and ready to go vertical.
Image via Clayco/Oxblue construction cam

The upcoming Central Campus Health Center isn’t the only new development slated for the Cook County Hospital Near West Side campus. An ambitious multi-phase plan to revitalize a large portion of hospital-owned real estate into new office, retail, and residential buildings is preparing to also move forward.