The Facilities and Space Planning (FSP) team works in conjunction with the Office of Office of Planning, Sustainability and Project Management (PSPM) to oversee the College of Medicine’s design and construction projects, including new buildings, renovations, furniture procurement, and space improvement projects. We work in conjunction with departments from project inception to project completion.  Each project includes infrastructure improvements, accessibility considerations, space usage and the mission of the college.

Current Projects

Project: OPSPM Project 981-C21082
Building: 55th and Pulaski 981
Year Built: 1997
NASF: 29,700 SF
Project Manager:  John Lewis

  • $15M Grant from State of Illinois: TrAnsfoRmingthe Gage Park/West ElsdoncommuniTythrough Partnership to improve access to specialty care and comprehensive health services (T.A.R.G.E.T HEALTH)
  • UI Physician Group owned Hospital operated ambulatory facility with objective to expand delivery of comprehensive clinical services that improve the health status of communities of color.
  • Novel partnership with two premier Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in the State of Illinois, UI Mile Square Health Center and Alivio Medical Center.
  • Phased capital development of facilities. 1st floor opened in February 2022 to patients.

Building: MSB 935 and WROB 977
Year Built:  1963 and 2004
Project Manager:  John Lewis

  • Survey the existing mechanical systems and infrastructure
  • Potential programmatic home for a new UI Practice Plan ambulatory clinic, future clinical research activities, or a new academic program.

Project: OPSPM Project 909-C19044
Year Built:  1931

A new mechanical system is needed to modernize the HVAC that will supply Capital Projects 909-C18013 (EM), 935-C15061 (MSB-CMWT Corridor), & the future COM Teaching Faculty Suite


Project : OPSPM Project 910-C20046
Building:  CMW 908,  CMWT 909,  CMET 910, CSN 911, CSB 920,  MSB 935
Year Built: 1922, 1931, 1935, 1925, 1954, 1963
Project Manager:  John Lewis

The initial study focused on how to provide equitable access throughout these 6 connected buildings. The study did not include a comprehensive survey of accessible elements according to the standards of either the American with Disabilities Act or the Illinois Accessibility Code.

The Illinois Accessibility Code is a new construction standard. It does not define what elements must or should be addressed in buildings constructed before the act. It does specify requirements for renovations constructed after the act in buildings constructed prior to the act.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a civil rights law. The standards for construction (ADA Architectural Guidelines, ADAAG) are for new construction. For construction prior to 1991, the ADA specifies that owners have an obligation to remove barriers to use by individuals with disabilities, but does not specify exactly which barriers must be removed.

Immediate Scope

  • Existing courtyard ramps (pavement deterioration, handrails, slope)
  • Existing accessible doors without power operators
  • Poorly placed power door actuators (within swing of door)
  • Interior non-compliant ramps
  • Thresholds
  • Signage

Project: OPSPM Project 908-C14058  and OPSPM Project 909-C19044
Building: CMW 908 and CMWT 909
Year Built:  1922 and 1931
Project Manager:  Walter Hainsfurther

Educational space for

  • EM clerkship & medical student electives
  • Residency didactics
  • EM simulation training

Project: OPSPM Project 910-C19086
Building: CMET 910
Year Built:  1935
NASF: 3000
Project Manager:  John Lewis

  • Neuroscience theme
  • Phase 1: Floor 7 will net ~3,000sf of lab & support space
  • Demolition slated to begin in 2/2020
  • Each Pod will be outfitted (owner furnished-owner installed) with a -80 freezer and a refrigerator.
  • Fume Hood Room should have at least two hoods (owner furnished-contractor installed) if the existing ones cannot be repurposed
  • Tissue Culture Room would ideally fit 4 4’ hoods and 4 benchtop incubators
  • Phase 2 (potentially): Floor 8 will net 5,000sf of lab & support space

OPSPM Projects 911-C19047 & 935-C19092
Building: CSN 911, NMRL 918, MSB 935,
Year Built:  1925, 1949, 1963
NASF: 8827
Project Manager: John Lewis

Develop a neurobehavioral research core (mouse maze facility)
Freezer Farm/Biorepository


Building: NMRL 918
Year Built:  1949

NMRL Basement

OPSPM Project 911-C20069
Building: CSN 911
Year Built: 1925
Project Manager:  John Lewis

Develop additional office space for faculty in Academic Internal Medicine by transforming the old peptide lab space.

PSPM Project 910-C18033
Building: CMET 910
Year Built:  1935
Project Manager:  Branko Bogicevic

$2.2M project to modernize an 86 year old lecture hall (1,800sf) that has been offline for 20 years

Renovations would include a new tiered seating with dedicated work surfaces for ~65 count occupancy, window restoration, new HVAC, and a modern audiovisual system

Forecasted increase in ACGME required didactic sessions for 800+ Residents/Fellows

Paucity of west campus educational spaces that will accommodate 66 students/trainees

Phase 1 completed February 2022

PSPM Project 909-C20028
Building: CMW 908,CMWT  909, CMET 910
Year Built:  1931
NASF: 37,000
Project Manager:  John Lewis

Phased modernization of 37,000 gsf for COM core academic services in 7 separate clusters:

  • oImproved space functionality
  • oTactical arrangement/consolidation of student and educational service units
  • oCompliance with LCME accrediting standards and best practices
  • oAn enhanced experience for current and prospective students.

Phase 1

The existing lounge is underutilized and resides in basement space that suffers from significant deferred maintenance issues and challenging adjacencies to campus utility/mechanical rooms (e.g., a main trunk of the campus steam loop runs through the lounge).

Develop architectural renderings for a dedicated fundraising campaign to build a new student/trainee lounge on the 1st floor of the COM 908-909 superblock including the 133 conference rooms, the Faculty Alumni Lounge, and a portion of the 908 courtyard.

PSPM Project 977-C21021
Building: WROB 977
Year Built: 2004
Project Manager: John Lewis

Establish a Clinical Research Suite in the WROB building including administrative space and exam rooms.

PSPM Project 948-C19033
Building:  OCC 948
Year Built:  1999
Project Manager:  Kevin Sheehan

Decommission 9.4T magnet and remove from 948 building. This will involve removing part of the building envelope. The magnet will move to Fermi Lab. Once the exterior wall is replaced, new clinical research space will be developed in the current conference room.

OPSPM Project #TBD
Building: CMWT 909 and MSB 935
Year Built:  1931 and 1963
Project Manager:  John Lewis

Masterplan is to modernize Floors 2, 4, 6, 7, & 8 in multiple phases:

  • Phase 1 design as standard template/master planning for future renovations.
  • Phase 2 – 2nd Floor corridor

OPSPM Project 957-C21043
Building:  LIERI 957
Year Built: 1988
NASF: 88,000
Project Manager: John Lewis

Feasibility study to determine if expansion and renovation of existing building is possible or if a new building should be built.

Future Projects

Health care and medicine are rapidly evolving toward the use of high throughput data and analytics –these tools have come into medicine from computer science, informatics, and engineering

The COM stands in a strong position to leverage its strengths relative to UIC Science & Engineering, Argonne National Laboratory, Chicago’s growing tech infrastructure, Discovery Partners Institute and our sister campus in Urbana-Champaign

This combined with our legacy of addressing health disparities and promoting health equity has the potential to situate our college in a unique niche at the intersection of AI/ML and health equity

Success will require building translational and clinical research programs, as well as new training and education programs and models

This approach will also require that we involve social science and ethics fields to help address key gaps in the field and also promote a robust health equity approach within AI/ML

Completed Projects

OPSPM Project   934-602-16
Completed November 2021
Building: COMRB 934
Project Manager: John Lewis

$1.8M budget to address existing deficiencies in COMRB 8100 to qualify as a BSL-3 as originally intended:

  • Ventilation & temperature control upgrades
  • Exhaust fan and duct insulation replacement
  • Self-closing doors to Airlock
  • Hands free sink near laboratory exit
  • A new airlock layout will have the storage capacity, crossing clean/dirty personnel flows, and a communal corridor necessary to provide BSL-3 access for multiple research programs.
  • The facility opened to users in November 2021

OPSPM Project  935-C15061
Completed Fall 2020
Building:  CMWT 909 and MSB 935
Year Built: 1931 and 1963
Project Manager: John Lewis

Phase 1 (Floor 5) reached substantial completion in

Fall of 2020

  • $17M investment for building wide infrastructure upgrades and programmatic buildout of (MSB & CMWT)
  • Investigators have moved in and are actively using the space

OPSPM Project  934-601-20
Completed February 2022
Building:  COMRB 934
Year Built:  2005
Project Manager: John Lewis

COMRB 5005, 6005, and 8005 were converted into quiet study space for use by graduate students involved in research programs.

Building: CMET 910, CMWT 909, COMRB 934
Year Built: 1935, 1931 and 2005
Project Manager:  John Lewis

Retrofitted rooms in Chicago (316, 2175), Peoria and Rockford to allow for turnkey, immersive video conferencing.

OPSPM Project  6730-C18004
Building:  1309SH 673
Project Manager: John Lewis

Developed a comprehensive clinic which included:

  • 18 exam rooms
  • 2 general procedure rooms
  • 1 Mohs room
  • 1 photo therapy room
  • Complete furniture, finishes, & equipment package
  • New HVAC system

Building:  CSB 920
Year Built:  1954
NASF:  3448
Project Manager:  John Lewis

Developed new clinical space for Project Wish, a program within Infectious Diseases including exam rooms, conference rooms, office space and patient waiting area.