Northwestern Medicine’s 259 East Erie is the focus of a new Medical Construction + Design story authored by Mike Pukszta. The article highlights how 259 East Erie, located in the heart of Chicago, offers a fresh look at designing healthcare buildings in urban settings.
“For too many years healthcare building have been designed like massive impenetrable fortresses in cities across the country – disrupting the street life and spirit of once vibrant places. Northwestern Medicine is not that kind of building,” the article reads. These excerpts look at how the new outpatient care pavilion is setting a new precedent for how the form and function of 21st century healthcare can evolve in the urban landscape.
An Evolved Aesthetic
“The exterior visually reinforces Northwestern Medicine’s internationally-recognized aesthetic. The refreshed academic Gothic façade was created using architectural precast concrete, Indiana limestone, glass curtain wall and aluminum panels. A pattern language moves from the base of the building through the top of the building— creating a lighter aesthetic towards the top that reflects adjacent office and residential buildings. However, the architectural details associated with the Northwestern Medicine brand— including the articulated building base, vertical expression, and overall color palette —are retained.”
An Inviting Urban Presence
“The building supports a future where people do not come to the outpatient care pavilion for healthcare services alone; they come to it as a community destination that provides amenities to help patients and neighbors alike live healthy, productive lives. A massive retail scheme on the 1st and 2nd floors is part of a larger ‘Shop and Dine Northwestern’ initiative aimed at providing a retail experience unmatched by any other healthcare system in the country.”
Unprecedented Flexibility for the Future of Healthcare
“To respond to the needs of 21st century healthcare, CannonDesign leveraged our proprietary universal grid to assure Northwestern Medicine could achieve maximum speed-to-market with assurance that the building would still be optimized for highly efficient, operationally-optimized, and patient-centered interior fit-out for every floor – no matter what the final program.”
259 East Erie is both a patient and neighborhood destination that provides a new home for Northwestern Medicine’s outpatient surgery center and the Center for Comprehensive Orthopedic and Spine Care, as well as medical offices, clinical areas, retail and dining options. The 26-story urban high-rise positions NM for continued growth, serving as a community anchor that will help patients and neighbors alike live healthy, productive lives for decades to come.