Rush University Medical Center | Architect: Perkins+Will, Chicago | © Robert R. Gigliotti

Rush University Medical Center

Location: Chicago, Illinois | United States
Architect: Perkins+Will, Chicago | United States
Construction: ASI Ltd.
Fabricator: Sobotec Ltd., Hamilton, Ontario | Canada
Year of construction: 2011
Material: ALUCOBOND® PLUS custom Spinnaker Bone White & custom Sunstorm Rum Pewter

The Tower – which opened in January 2012 – is the major component of Rush’s 10-year $1-billion campus redevelopment project called the Rush Transformation, which includes new construction, renovations of existing buildings and investments in leading technology across the 30.5-acre campus, according to Rush.

“Chicago is home to a very competitive healthcare market,” said John Moorhead, LEED AP BD+C, senior project designer, Perkins+Will Chicago. “Rush wanted to stand out from the competition.”
The 840,000 square-foot LEED-Gold Tower stands out in the market not only by offering state-of-the-art healthcare technology but by the medical center’s overriding goal to re-orient its facilities around patients and their families.

A total of 267,000 square feet of ALUCOBOND® PLUS was installed on the Tower, including approximately 250,000 square feet of ALUCOBOND® PLUS in the custom Spinnaker Bone White color and 4mm thickness as exterior wall cladding. Approximately 17,000 square feet of ALUCOBOND® PLUS in the custom Sunstorm Rum Pewter color and 4mm thickness was installed as a recessive color accent on column covers and on interior mullions.

“We studied colors and picked ones that we thought would draw the most attention to the building with the cleanest, sharpest look,” said Moorhead. “There are not a lot of white metal buildings in Chicago, and this building is enormous.”

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Week 19


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