Rush University Medical Center Hospital Tower

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Height: Architectural 77 m / 252 ft
Height: Occupied 62.8 m / 206 ft
Height: To Tip 77 m / 252 ft
Floors Above Ground 14
Floors Below Ground 1
# of Elevators 17
Top Elevator Speed 2.54 m/s
Tower GFA 78,659 m² / 846,678 ft²


Official Name Rush University Medical Center Hospital Tower
Other Names Rush University Medical Center New Hospital Tower
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country United States
City Chicago
Street Address & Map 1600 West Harrison Street
Postal Code 60612
Building Function hospital
Structural Material composite
Energy Label LEED Gold
Proposed 2006
Construction Start 2008
Completion 2012
Official Website Rush University Medical Center

Companies Involved

Owner Rush University Medical Center
Design Perkins+Will
Structural Engineer
Design Thornton Tomasetti
MEP Engineer
Design Environmental Systems Design, Inc.
Project Manager Power Jacobs Joint Venture
Main Contractor Power Jacobs Joint Venture

About Rush University Medical Center Hospital Tower

This 386-bed hospital sits adjacent to a freeway feeding downtown Chicago and consists of a rectangular base containing medical diagnostic and treatment facilities, topped by a butterfly-shaped bed tower. The new hospital tower’s unique butterfly shape is a departure on many levels for healthcare design. It is the direct result of an “inside-out” approach to its design. Close collaboration with RUMC doctors, nurses and administrators culminated in the creation of full-scale mockups, in which hospital staff walked corridors and rooms drawn to scale in an empty parking lot. The butterfly shape that evolved out of these exercises accomplishes a couple of important goals. Aesthetically, it forms an iconic and uplifting presence on Rush’s campus and along the nearby expressway. Functionally, the shape shortens distances between patients and nurses in an effort to reduce stress for staff and provide patients with extra peace of mind knowing that help is immediately accessible. It embodies the concept of patient-centered care.

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