The Chicago architectural firm of Perkins+Will has been selected to design a new Biomedical Research Building for the Feinberg School of Medicine on Northwestern University’s Chicago campus, Northwestern officials announced on December 6.


The new Biomedical Research Building will be located immediately east of the Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center on the site ofthe former Prentice Women’s Hospital. Northwestern plans to construct approximately 600,000 square feet of research space starting in 2015 with eventual buildout of approximately 1.2 million square feet.

The Perkins+Will design features a curved glass exterior, with flexible floor plans for laboratories and a sunny “winter garden” areathat will bring natural light into the building.

“Northwestern University and Perkins+Will have created a building with a unique shape that has a poetry of design and will result in a work of beauty for the University and the community,” said Gordon Segal, who chairs the educational properties committee of Northwestern’s Board of Trustees.

The new Biomedical Research 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. Construction of the new state-of-the-art center will create thousands of jobs, help find tomorrow’s cures, and generate approximately $3.9 billion in economic activity in Chicago in the coming decade.

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