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Veterans Administration Hospital Is Being Demolished

April 29, 2008
CHICAGO --- Preparation has begun for demolition of the vacated Lakeside Veterans Administration Hospital building on the Chicago medical campus, it was announced by Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC).

The building, bordered by Erie and Huron streets and Fairbanks and McClurg Courts, was purchased by Northwestern Memorial after the Veterans Administration announced plans to close the facility.

NMH and RIC are working on plans for future development of the site as an integral part of the medical campus. No specific plans or development timetable have been established at this time.

Work has started on erection of barricades and partial structures around the site and above some of the sidewalks.

The north parking lane of Erie Street will be closed for most of the east side of the block between Fairbanks and McClurg. Most truck access and outlets to the site will be located on Erie Street.

Some interior demolition has begun the last and will continue through August.

Starting on or about May 19 and lasting one week, the generator building on the west side of the property will be taken down. Construction crews will then drive sheeting and excavate the underground storage tanks beneath the parking area on the west side of the site.

Demolition of the exterior of the main hospital building will begin in late June and last through March of next year.

The work will be done by American Demolition Corp., a company with experience in the area as the demolition contractor for several pavilions, including Wesley, Jennings and Passavant, over the last eight years.

During the demolition timeframe, NMH and RIC will continue their planning process for future development of the site – development of the site as an integral part of the medical campus.
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