McHugh Construction Wraps New Healthcare Center on Chicago’s North Side

By HCO Staff

CHICAGO—Chicago-based McHugh Construction today announced it has completed the construction of a new five-story healthcare facility and medical office at 3501 N. Halsted St. for Howard Brown, the Midwest’s largest LGBTQ healthcare organization in the city’s Lakeview neighborhood. The new federally qualified health center, which offers primary care and dental services, opened to patients in the last week of September while McHugh Construction completed finishes on an upper level. The new location offers 38 exam rooms, 12 dental chairs and will serve 23,000 patients a year upon full occupancy.

“We are proud to have built this flagship center for Howard Brown that embodies a calm, sun-drenched healing environment for patients.” said Ken Maiberger, superintendent. “It was an honor to help Howard Brown complete its mission of making healthcare for the LGBTQ+ community more accessible.”

McHugh drew upon its experience in constructing buildings in dense urban neighborhoods to employ solutions in minimizing disruptions to neighbors and adjacent businesses throughout the project. Staging materials on-site and building some of the exterior façade from the inside rather than blocking an adjacent alley are just a few of the methods McHugh used to keep pedestrian and vehicular traffic unimpeded during the 1½-year construction of the 76,000-square-foot concrete-framed building.

Designed by Chicago-based architect Eckenhoff Saunders, the new facility features a glass curtain wall interspersed with brickwork in a variety of shades, while a setback on the top level accommodates a rooftop terrace that offers skyline views. The clear glass façade brings an abundance of sunlight into the colorful, airy common spaces within the facility.

A two-story lobby at the corner of Cornelia Avenue and Halsted Street features an open staircase that leads to the various offices, exam and consultation rooms located on the second through fifth floors, while a Walgreens store and pharmacy occupies the facility’s street-level retail space. A 26-car underground parking garage is accessible from the Cornelia Street side of the building, and the rooftop terrace is available for clinic events and functions.

According to Howard Brown, the new flagship center doubles patient capacity in the neighborhood and offers expanded medical care and social services, including the first Howard Brown dental clinic on the North Side.

The project was developed by Howard Brown in partnership with Inland National Development Company. McHugh Concrete, a sister company of McHugh Construction, was the concrete subcontractor on the project.