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Shepley named program architect for IIT innovation institute

Monday, 10 March 2014

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Illinois Tech President John Anderson on Friday to announce that Shepley Bulfinch and John Ronan Architects will program and design the planned Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship on the University’s Mies van der Rohe campus.

Developing the program for the Institute means that Shepley will collaborate with IIT’s stakeholders and the design architect to explore, evaluate, and synthesize ways to create a new building type uniquely suited to IIT’s culture of research, collaboration, and invention.

Construction on the $40 million, 100,000 square-foot facility could begin as early as the summer of 2015 with a completion date anticipated in 2017.

“The new Kaplan Institute at IIT further establishes Chicago as the place where the greatest 21st century innovations begin,” said Mayor Emanuel. “This center will help today’s students become the innovators of tomorrow – and provide businesses with a pipeline of new products, processes and talented graduates to hire.”

With a focus on innovative thinking and transitioning new ideas into products and processes, the Kaplan Institute will house workshops, media labs, classrooms, collaborative spaces, and offices for the University’s internationally-renowned Institute of Design, Idea Shop, and Entrepreneurship and Leadership Academies.

“Shepley Bulfinch is honored to be partnering with IIT and John Ronan to create this ground-breaking institute for innovation,” said Shepley Bulfinch president Carole Wedge. “As a catalyst for the exploration of the nature of design and innovation, its impact will be felt from the IIT campus and the city of Chicago around the world.”

Shepley’s ties to Chicago date back to 1892 when the firm (then Shepley Rutan & Coolidge) designed the Art Institute of Chicago as part of the World’s Columbian Exposition.

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