Contract awarded for Friend Health project

The Powers team has been awarded an $11.5 million renovation and addition project for Friend Health at their Woodlawn headquarters.

Powers & Sons Construction will build the Chicago-based healthcare provider’s new flagship medical center and administrative building at the corner of 63rd and Cottage Grove. The property, which includes an existing 3,000 SF building that will be renovated, will feature a new community center, retail space, and a surface lot with 140 parking spaces.

The 45,000 SF main medical center will house about 43 new staff, most of whom will be hired locally. About 96 percent of Friend Health patients are Black or Hispanic, with an average 75 percent living under the poverty line.

The facility, located in a medically underserved area, will provide acute care, family medicine, and OB/GYN services as well as imaging operation.

The contract is part of an overall $37.5 million effort to revitalize the area and provide improved healthcare services for low-income local residents. Friend Health and its developer DL3 Realty are pursuing $8 million in TIF funding for the project, reports the Hyde Park Herald.

The medical center building is expected to open in January of 2022, with the adjacent building coming online in July of 2022.