The University of Chicago Medicine Center for Care and Discovery is a collaborative space that fosters unparalleled patient care and cutting-edge medical technology, research, and education.
The new $700M, 10-story, 1.2 million SF (?) medical center boasts 110 prep/recovery stations, 28 state-of-the-art operating rooms, 12 rooms for gastrointestinal and pulmonary procedures, seven interventional radiology suites, and advanced diagnostic tools including high-resolution high-speed MRIs and CT scanners.
The center is now considered the newest model for the next generation of advanced surgical and medical facilities for university teaching hospitals. With 240 private, in-patient, and intensive care beds, of which 60 are intensive care, 60 are isolation, and 84 have dialysis capability, the University of Chicago Medicine’s Center for Care and Discovery is considered one of the nation’s premier facilities.
The center was designed and built on a forward-thinking grid system for the sole purpose of catering to the center’s future needs, technologies, and medical advances. There are eighty-five eighteen-foot cubes or “bays” on each floor that are located within each floor’s overall 32’ x 32’ grid design. This modular cube system is an engineering marvel, due to the ability it gives the center to allow patient areas to be reconfigured and repurposed to accommodate changing medical and technological needs without changing the building’s framework. Additionally, the center was designed and built with two empty floors allowing for whatever future use the medical center may need.