Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine
University of Chicago Hospitals
Type of facility: Ambulatory-care center
Client: University of Chicago Hospitals
Project architect: HLM Design, Moylan, Pa., and Tsoi/Kobus Associates, Cambridge, Mass.
Construction manager: Turner Construction, Chicago
Completed: October 1996
Size: 520,000 square feet
Total cost: $98 million
Cost per square foot: $188
The center, which is adjacent to the inpatient unit of the University of Chicago Hospitals, provides specialized interdisciplinary diagnostic and treatment programs. The university hopes to achieve two goals: increase its ambulatory patient base and differentiate the services it provides.
Architecturally, the new facility mimics the existing Gothic style of the campus.
"This is a very sophisticated and elegant exterior that appears to fit its context well," judge Philip Klump says.
The warm tones of precast concrete and limestone, along with vertically arranged windows on the new addition, harmonize with existing buildings.
The main entry is two stories tall and connects to several interior entrances, making it easier for people to find their way around the building. All waiting areas and lobbies are situated along the atrium, which is flooded with natural light.
Warm, conservative colors are used throughout the building. Judge Quentin Remy says the palette is just right for the building's style.
Besides the aesthetic appeal, the center offers "one-stop shopping" to its patients, say the judges. Physicians can examine, diagnose and treat their patients under one roof.