Originally Posted by pilsenarch
the other surprising thing is how young a building prentiss is... correct me if i'm wrong, but it was built in the 70's? my point is, more reason to save it... green roofs? how about not tearing down totally functioning, well-built architecture...
Is it "totally functioning," though? As far as I know, the nursing units in the building are arranged radially around a central core....which is different from the "standard" unit in most hospitals today. The ceiling heights are also too low by today's standards, and it doesn't seem like the building takes in much natural light. Yes, 35 years doesn't seem incredibly long for a building....but healthcare is an industry that has changed immeasurably since 1975, and that change has required new and different types of facilities.
That said, the column-free floor plates could easily be repurposed for something else. But at what cost to Northwestern - and are they willing to pay it?