The UI Board of Trustees' buildings and grounds committee enthusiastically endorsed the architect's final design for the new ambulatory care facility at UIC, a four-story building that would straddle Taylor Street and have second-floor walkways linking it with the UI Hospital, Neuropsychiatric Institute, Eye and Ear Infirmary, and Wood Street parking garage. Estimated to cost at least $55 million to 60 million to build, it will house physicians' office, examining rooms, a cancer center, an MRI facility (magnetic resonance imaging), and centers for children and adolescents, dermatology and allergy, surgery and other specialties. Architects from Perkins and Will, Chicago, displayed drawings and a model of the red brick and glass asymmetrical building that will be located on currently open areas at the northwest and southwest corners of Taylor and Wood streets. "It's just a sensational building," said Trustee Susan Gravenhorst, R-Lake Bluff. "It will add class and excitement to the medical center." Trustee Lamont added, "Not only am I impressed with the aesthetics, but with the speed with which it was developed and the way it has been financed." The medical center's strategic investment fund and a bond issue will cover construction costs of the ambulatory care facility, officials said, with repayment coming from income generated by clinic operations. The board awarded Perkins & Will a second contract for the project, this one for more than $2.1 million, for bid-document preparation, construction administration and related services. Trustees also approved hiring Turner Construction Co. of Chicago for construction management on the ambulatory-care project at a cost of about $1 million. There was less good news on the progress of the $6.7 million admissions building for Urbana. Craig Bazzani, vice president for business and finance, told trustees about the demise of Ware Associates of Chicago, the architectural firm hired to design the building. The plans were about "95 percent" complete, he said, so a new architect will have to be hired to finish the design work and preparation of bid documents. Due to the complications created, Bazzani said, "We may see some erosion of the quality of the building." The financial impact of the change in architects, which he estimated to be $500,000, may mean less costly amenities and cosmetics in the facility. "In light of things that have happened recently, I would encourage you to redouble your efforts to make sure that these (bidders) are solid people, financially sound and capable of doing the work," trustee William Engelbrecht, R-Henry, told university officials.