Wellness Center Updates

As announced in October 2018, the University is building a new student wellness center to further improve our health, counseling, and wellness services. The center will expand the existing student health facility located at the University of Chicago Medical Center on 59th Street and Maryland Avenue and will feature a dedicated entrance on 59th Street for greater ease of access. The new space will bring together the Student Health Service, Student Counseling Service, and Health Promotion and Wellness in one location, enabling us to provide wellness programming and integrated care in a welcoming and student-centered environment, with increased medical and mental health providers on staff.

Project Schedule

  • April 2019: Construction began
  • Spring 2020: Student Health Service wing opens
  • Autumn 2020: Full Center opens; Student Counseling Service and Health Promotion and Wellness move in

Student Feedback

To ensure the new wellness center meets the needs of students, the plans for the center have been developed with significant student feedback in mind, including: feedback shared during a number of focus groups and a town hall meeting with architects in Autumn Quarter 2018; through a survey sent to students in November 2018; via our online feedback form; through the Student Health Advisory Board; and, through ongoing conversations with students across campus. We continue to seek student feedback and will be asking students for their input on the interior features and experience of the wellness center in the coming months. You can also share feedback at any time via our feedback form.

Project Location

The new wellness center will be located at the corner of 59th Street and Maryland Avenue, facing the Midway Plaisance and two blocks west of the Main Quadrangles.  

Project Updates

We will be sharing regular updates regarding the construction of the wellness center on this page. Please check back often for updates. Click the links below to exand each section to learn more about the project updates.

The project includes a full gut renovation of the first floor of the existing UCMC facility at 59th Street and Maryland Avenue, as well as a brand new addition to that building. The first phase of construction began in April with demolition on the west wing. Student Health Service will remain in their current location until spring of 2020, and then relocate to the west wing of the new center. 

View this video of the demolition zone.

See photos of the work on the west wing.

View this video of the demolition zone, which highlights where features of the Student Health Center will be located. 

The City of Chicago has formally issued an address for the new Wellness Center! For ease of access and to create a unique wellness identity and experience, the new center includes a dedicated entrance, and students will not need to enter through the medical center. The city has formally assigned 840 E. 59th St. as the new address.

Photos of courtyard site clearing.

View a simulated "flyover" of the construction of the new Student Wellness Center.

See a photo of the courtyard.

View a photo of the courtyard looking southeast.

See photos of the courtyard looking north.

See photos of the courtyard looking northeast.

Elevated beams highlight the construction's rapid progress!

Pipes for plumbing are laid underneath the new addition while the HVAC system is installed in an existing wing.

A sunny day and the newly installed roof draw attention to natural light in new addition. In the first photo, the right hand side along the stone facade will be skylights. In the second photo, the sun is hitting the future courtyard entrance and front lobby glass wall.

Frames for walls are being installed in the renovated west wing, realizing the space's layout (the second photo will be a bathroom). Meanwhile, the foundational work continues in the new addition in preparation for pouring concrete. 

Electrical and data infrastrucure is installed in both the existing wing and new addition.

Cold and snowy weather has not hampered the steady progress of the new Wellness Center. The walls and ceilings of the existing wing continue to be built as seen in the first photo. In the new addition, more and more of the roof takes shape and the concrete base has finally been poured.

Current Status

December 20, 2019: Roof and IT construction

Construction continues in both big, noticeable ways and small, behind-the-scene ways. This week, the roof's steel frame detailing was installed along with its drain piping. The first photo also shows the new addition's rough pumbling. On the smaller scale, work has begun on a new IT room and electrical wires are being pulled throughout the project. 

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