The University of Chicago Medical Center, New Hospital Pavilion
The University of Chicago Medical Center’s New Hospital Pavilion has topped out. We are providing structural engineering services for Rafael Viñoly Architects. The 10-story, 1.2-million-sf pavilion will increase the hospital’s current clinical capacity by more than one-third. The structural system consists of concrete shearwalls, with concrete and composite steel deck, and steel beams and columns. Challenges include placing a high-dose radiation operating room on the sixth floor, with two-foot-thick walls, floor, and ceiling, and stiffening certain areas to meet vibration criteria for MRI and CT equipment. The pavilion will be devoted to complex specialty care, with a focus on cancer and advanced surgical programs. The project will seek LEED certification. We are also providing connection design and selected construction engineering services for the contractor.