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University of Illinois Hospital & Health Science System

Mile Square Health Center

Project Description

This new facility by the University of Illinois at Chicago is occupied in part by the Mile Square Health Center and provides Urgent Care and Primary Care medical services to an under served and at-risk community. Housed within the five story facility is a clinic, pharmacy, laboratory, and a Women, Infants and Children’s program. Several floors will be developed as individual medical practice suites, which required a flexible floor plate design.

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Chicago, IL

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Design Features

The building site is in the heart of the Illinois Medical District and at the fringe of the University’s West Campus. As such, the project serves as a fulcrum for master-planned campus expansion and as a gateway to the medical campus. Given these influences, much focus was given to the integration of the building design into the overall campus fabric.

The building exterior is clad in glass and composite metal panels, reflecting the dynamic nature of the campus and surroundings. An integrated canopy on the north serves to protect pedestrians and vehicles from the elements as they approach the building entry. This north side approach is treated as a pedestrian area that incorporates green spaces that reintroduce a sense of urban vitality to the site.