Northwestern University has selected Perkins+Will to design the new 600,000 square foot Biomedical Research Building for the Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. Planned for the site of Bertrand Goldberg’s recently demolished Prentice Woman’s Hospital, the new building will “anchor the University’s research facilities and be the hub of a world-class research and development enterprise that attracts innovation and entrepreneurship.”
“The competition winning design creates space for synergy and collaboration, builds a seamless physical connection to Northwestern’s existing facilities, and integrates with Streeterville’s vibrant urban setting,” described the architects. “In its sculptural design, it reinforces Chicago’s progressive modern-architecture heritage and advances sustainable practices with green technology and design features that support environmental and personal health.
“Perkins+Will developed the building form and exterior in response to various internal and external drivers, including the creation of laboratory neighborhoods, access to daylight and views, connection to existing buildings and an acknowledgement of Superior Street as the main corridor for the research campus. In its flexible conferencing suites and break/lounge areas, as well as collaborative spaces in lab neighborhoods, our design creates a dynamic, collegial environment in which important scientific discoveries will take place.”
Perkins+Will was one of three shortlisted to produce schemes for the University after the conclusion of a high-profile preservation battle that confirmed the fate of the Prentice Women’s Hospital. See the competition Perkins+Will faced and read about the Prentice controversy.