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Northwestern Medical Building Previews: See Potential Prentice Replacements

 Three architecture firms have submitted competing designs for the 600,000-square-foot medical facility.
Northwestern Biomedical Research Facility Renderings
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STREETERVILLE — The three finalists whose designs are being considered for the biomedical research facility that will replace the old Prentice Women's Hospital at Northwestern's Streeterville campus were shared with the public Thursday.

Through Tuesday, community members can get a sneak peek at the plans in the lobby of the Lurie Center, 350 E. Superior St., where "models and explanatory materials" will be on display.

They'll include designs from three Chicago-based architectural firms that are finalists in the bid to design a biomedical research facility on Prentice's former footprint: Perkins+Will, Goettsch Partners and Ballinger, and Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture and Payette.

(Click through our slideshow above to view renderings from each of the finalists.)

"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 last week.

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 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 building eventually will be expanded to 1.2 million square feet, and Northwestern predicts it will generate $3.9 billion in economic activity in the next 10 years.

The renderings include plans for the full project, including the second phase.

Construction on the new facility is set to kick off in early 2015.