Prentice Women’s Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Courtesy VOA+OWP/P Design Collaborative.

The New Prentice Women’s Hospital at Northwestern Memorial Hospital



The New Prentice Women’s Hospital is a 17-story structure with one basement and a penthouse, totaling 950,000 square feet. Designed to handle 13,600 births annually and an array of women’s health services, the comprehensive facility program includes patient care nursing units, diagnostic and therapeutic services, ambulatory care, administrative services, and physician offices. The LEED Silver-certified facility also boasts the largest comprehensive breast cancer center in the region and one of the largest centers for special-care infants in the country.

The hospital structure consists of steel floor framing and concrete elevator cores. The tunnel connects the new facility to the rest of the Northwestern Memorial Hospital campus. Detailed coordination was required to avoid disruption to surrounding hospital operations.

The project is the first LEED certified hospital in the state of Illinois and the largest LEED certified hospital in the United States.

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