Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Young Professionals Tour the Ability Institute of RIC
May 28, 2015
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CHICAGO – The Ability Institute of RIC is a new 27-story, 1.2 million-square-foot (111,500 square-meter) facility within the Northwestern University Medical Center complex located at 630 North McClurg Court. Designed by HDR|Gensler, it is comprised of an eight-story post-tensioned concrete podium structure, with 19 steel-framed floors that will house research and clinical spaces including 242 patient beds, 5 AbilityLabs™, imaging suites, infusion suites, and rehabilitation intensive care unit across 900,000 square feet (84,000 square meters) of clinical area. At a total height of 431 feet (131 meters), it will become the 6th tallest hospital in the world when  completed in late 2016.

On May 28, CTBUH Chicago, in association with the Young Professional Committee (YPC) hosted a tour of the new building currently under construction. The YPC visitors started the tour with a brief introduction by Sasha Zeljic, YPC Chair and Design Director at Gensler, followed by a presentation on the ground level by Scott Hurst, Senior Designer, Gensler, and Chris Grosse, Project Architect at Gensler’s Chicago office.
The presentation included content on the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago as an organization, HDR|Gensler’s design, concepts,considerations,
and constraints as well as various technical aspects of the project.

The Ability Institute of RIC under construction
photo credit: Marshall Gerometta

The tour covered the ground floor’s lobby, retail, and entry sequence then proceeded to the sky lobby on the 10th floor. The sky lobby will function as the main public space for the building including exterior sky gardens, generous gathering spaces, executive suites, and a chapel. The group continued to the 14th floor where the tour guides – including the Gensler team above as well as John Gresko, Senior Project Architect at HDR, and Sean Bowker, Project Executive of Power Construction – touched on the technical challenges of program elements such as the radiology department and therapy pool. On the 23rd and 24th floors the tour visited what represents a typical inpatient floor which includes a two-story atrium facing north with a great view of the neighboring medical campus and the Lake Michigan coast. The last stop was a walk on the roof which provided a fantastic panoramic photo opportunity for everyone.
After the tour, a networking event was held for the tour participants at D4 Irish Pub & Café courtesy of Power Construction.
Atrium from the 23rd floor.
photo credit: Marshall Gerometta
Sky lobby at the 10th floor.
photo credit: Marshall Gerometta
Group Photo on roof of The Ability Institute of RIC, photo credit: Marshall Gerometta

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Chris Drew AS+GG
Patrick J Keeney AS+GG
Joel Kerner AS+GG
Jennie Matusova AS+GG
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