Construction has begun on the Edward A. Brennan Entry Pavilion, a dramatic three-story, sun-drenched entranceway linking the new hospital building that is under construction at Rush with its existing hospital facilities. When completed, the pavilion will be Rush’s new “front door.”
It will be located on West Harrison Street, with the new hospital building that will open in 2012 to the east and the existing Atrium hospital building to the west. The project is a component of the Rush Transformation, the most comprehensive campus renovation project in the medical center’s 170-year history.
The pavilion is named in honor of Edward A. Brennan, chairman of Rush’s Board of Trustees for nearly ten years until his death in 2007. During his tenure as chairman, Brennan spearheaded the vision for the Rush Transformation. The construction of the pavilion is funded solely by philanthropic gifts from friends, family and business associates of Brennan, including members of the Rush Board of Trustees. Through their generosity, $11.4 million of the $15 million project cost has already been committed.
The structure embraces Rush’s spirit of innovation, with a design that is at once highly contemporary, yet welcoming and accessible.
The centerpiece is a three-story, four-season terrarium, which is open at the top and encased in a display that pays tribute to those who have made Rush an extraordinary place of healing.