STREETERVILLE — Community members can get a sneak peek at plans for the building that will replace Prentice Women's Hospital this week.
"Models and explanatory materials" will be on display in the lobby of the Lurie Center, 350 E. Superior St., from Thursday through next Tuesday, officials said.
They'll include designs from three Chicago-based architectural firms that are "finalists" in the bid to design a biomedical research facility in Prentice's former footprint: Perkins+Will, Goettsch Partners and Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture.
"We'd like to get your input on the proposed designs," Northwestern President Morton Shapiro said in a letter addressed to neighbors of the hospital.
Comment cards will be available at the display, which can be viewed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The showing coincides with the Streeterville Organization of Active Residents' Artisan Market in the same building Saturday and Sunday.
While Shapiro's letter invites community members to "stop by, take a look at the competition entries and give us your feedback on each of the proposals," it also notes that the final decision will be made by Northwestern's Board of Trustees later this year.
The planned 600,000-square-foot research space will eventually build out to 1.2 million square feet, and Northwestern predicts it will generate $3.9 billion in economic activity in the next 10 years.
Construction on the new facility is set to kick off in early 2015.