ENR Midwest Best Projects Competition Winner Features Viracon

Rush University Medical Center Honored in the Healthcare Category

Publish Date: Thursday, January 10, 2013

OWATONNA, MN – The East Tower at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL has received accolades from Engineering News-Record (ENR) in the ENR Midwest Best Projects 2012 competition in the healthcare category. The new 830,000-square-foot inpatient facility utilizes Viracon glass.

Designed by Perkins+Will, the 14-story, state-of-the-art medical facility is the center of a 10-year, $1 billion campus redevelopment project called the Rush Transformation. The East Tower’s glass exterior specified Viracon VE1-2M glass, which provides patients, employees and visitors with an expansive view of the Chicago skyline.

The facility earned LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and is the largest new construction healthcare project in the world to receive the LEED Gold certification.

“The East Tower is an exceptional structure and we are thrilled that it is receiving industry recognition,” says Kevin Anez, Director of Marketing for Viracon. “We are very proud of the role we played in this important project.”

The ENR Midwest Best Projects competition is an annual program recognizing outstanding design and construction in over a dozen categories. Winning projects were chosen based on quality, innovation, safety and the ability of project teams to overcome unique challenges. For more information, visit: http://midwest.construction.com/midwest_construction_projects/2012/1126-project-of-the-year-rush-university-medical-center-the-tower.asp