Chicago issues $44 million building permit for Northwestern Memorial Hospital expansion

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Chicago has issued a $44 million building permit for an expansion project at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Streeterville.

Power Construction Company is the general contractor for the work, which the permit says includes “interior alterations to 11th and 12th floors of an existing hospital to convert to inpatient care facility. Work to also include an enclosed pedestrian bridge connection on the 10th, 11th and 12th floors. Bridge connecting Feinberg and Galter Buildings.”

Modern Healthcare reported in February that the hospital was seeking approval from the state for a $77.6 million expansion, adding 49 new beds, and constructing a three story building connecting the pavilions, according to an application filed with the Illinois Health Facilities & Services Review Board, which oversees healthcare projects in the state.

The project aims to help the hospital to meet the growing demand for healthcare services.

“Too few inpatient and observation care beds have led the hospital to keep patients in the emergency department longer, the application says.

“The practice has caused the hospital to go on bypass, or stop accepting patients who arrive by ambulance. The lack of beds has also led the hospital to turn away patients coming from other facilities for specialty services.”

Subtrades include: Electrical – Gurtz Electric Company and plumbing, mechanical and ventilation – Hill Mechanical Corp.

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