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CASE STUDY: Northwestern University's Simpson Querrey Biomedical Research Center

Located in the Streeterville area on the north side of Chicago, the Northwestern University Simpson Querrey Biomedical Research Center is the newest medical building in the Northwestern University medical campus. A privately-funded cancer research center, the major addition to the Chicago medical community was designed by the Chicago office of Perkins+Will (P+W) and its sub-consulting team.

The proximity to Lake Michigan creates a high water table issue for the building. It is also in a dense urban area. The city of Chicago Department of Water Management required that a minimum of 10,000 cubic feet of stormwater be managed on the project. P+W and Hydrotech created solutions using Hydrotech’s Garden Roof Blue Roof Assembly to put that stormwater on the top two roof surfaces of the Phase 1 structure, consisting of the base building of 14-stories plus two underground basement stories.

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