Ian Kaminski-Coughlin from Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) will talk about the renovation and reinvention of the old Cook County Hospital. Completed in 1914, the Cook County Hospital building is a designated Chicago Landmark and once stood as the symbolic heart of the Illinois Medical District healthcare community. Vacant since 2002, the building had fallen into a severe state of disrepair and was threatened with demolition. SOM in collaboration was part of a team which carefully worked to preserve, restore and adapt the former hospital building to meet the changing needs of the neighborhood.
With a new hotel, food hall, medical offices, and community spaces, the revitalized historic hospital building is the first phase of a proposed $1 billion redevelopment plan for the area.
Photo (c) SOM
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