A New Era for Kellogg

Kellogg Opens Its Global Hub

Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University Completes Seven-Year Plan for Transformation with Opening of New Global Hub

EVANSTON, IL (March 28, 2017) —The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University begins classes this week in its new flagship building on Northwestern’s Evanston campus. The completion of the innovative Global Hub caps off the school’s seven-year plan for transformation and continues its legacy as a pioneer in business education. Kellogg recently surpassed $330 million toward its $350 million goal in its Transforming Together fundraising campaign, with the Global Hub serving as the most visible evidence of the campaign’s success.

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“The generosity of many alumni and friends brought the Global Hub to life. This building represents everything that Kellogg stands for – an ethos of collaboration, grounded wisdom and pioneering vision,” said Sally Blount, dean of the Kellogg School of Management. “It speaks to our ability to create an environment – physical, emotional, cultural – that can attract, shape and catalyze an unparalleled global community of courageous and collaborative leaders.”

The Global Hub also houses the economics department at Northwestern’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. “The Global Hub provides a spectacular new home for Kellogg and the department of economics and symbolizes Northwestern’s commitment to these key areas of the University,” said Northwestern President Morton Schapiro. “Both are jewels in Northwestern’s crown and the fact that they will continue to be located in the same building, as they are now, maintains the close connection between them. We are truly excited to open this wonderful new building.”

“The new Global Hub helps us strengthen the ties linking the college and Kellogg,” said Weinberg College Dean Adrian Randolph. “This move especially enables our economics department to continue to collaborate with our colleagues in the business school, and therefore enhances our research and teaching in this important area.”

The Toronto-based architectural firm KPMB Architects designed the Global Hub with the functionality to meet the needs of today’s learning environment and to anticipate those of tomorrow. Located along the shores of Lake Michigan, the 415,000-square-foot building has a distinctive two-atrium design and features a variety of signature learning and convening spaces:

Collaboration Plaza: A three-story, 6,000-square-foot central atrium, Collaboration Plaza is a meeting place for the entire Kellogg community. Interaction is facilitated by features such as two sets of 34-foot-wide Spanish Steps, named for the famed staircase in Rome, surrounded by soft benches and tables serving as informal gathering places for students, faculty and visitors.

Faculty Summit: Above Collaboration Plaza is the second atrium, which is the two-story, 9,000-square-foot Faculty Summit. A piazza in the center is designed to encourage partnership between faculty from various disciplines as well as informal discussion. Surrounding this piazza are six glass-walled seminar rooms located on two stories, seating 20 to 60 people each.

White Auditorium: The building features the two-story White Auditorium, the Global Hub’s major convening space, set against a stunning backdrop of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. This flexible venue accommodates up to 300 people in a variety of formats – from seated dinners and receptions to CEO “fireside chats” to conferences and panel discussions – bringing academic, business and civic leaders together to discuss the world’s complex business challenges. The auditorium is named in recognition of a gift from Miles D. White, Northwestern trustee, and Kimberly White.

Flexible Classrooms: The classrooms can be configured so that tiered lecture-style classrooms convert to flat classrooms, and some rooms can be subdivided into smaller spaces or enlarged by removing walls between two classrooms. Advanced technology is embedded throughout to foster new forms of learning and idea generation. Select classrooms have telepresence technology, enabling MBA students at other locations, such as the Miami campus, to beam in and fully participate as if they were in the classroom. This technology also enables Kellogg to feature visiting speakers and guest lecturers who can appear remotely.

Galvin Family Design Wing and Conference Center: The Global Hub has a dedicated space for hands-on experimental learning, including the 7,800-square-foot Galvin Family Design Wing and Conference Center, which has four design studios. This space is named in recognition of a gift from Christopher B. Galvin ’73, ’77, Northwestern trustee, and Cynthia B. Galvin ’78.

Not only is it visually stunning with its curved interior and exterior walls mirroring its lakefront setting, the Global Hub is also environmentally friendly, relying on a geothermal area to provide 60 to 70 percent of the energy to heat and cool the building, and the building is on track to receive gold LEED certification.

Gordon Segal ’60, chair of the educational properties committee for Northwestern’s Board of Trustees, a Kellogg graduate and co-founder of Crate & Barrel, played a leading role in the design and development of the building.

“The Global Hub epitomizes the legacy, spirit, ambition and vision of Kellogg,” said Segal. “This is truly a global hub as it blends design elements from 17 countries – from German ceilings to Japanese tiles – and will help Kellogg continue to attract the best students, faculty and administration from around the world.”

Dean Blount added, “We’ve transformed business education, and we’re doing it again. This building symbolizes that in the most potent and powerful way.”

For more information on the Global Hub and the Kellogg School of Management, visit: http://www.kellogg.northwestern.edu/about/global-hub.aspx

To learn more about the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, visit: http://www.weinberg.northwestern.edu/

Transforming Together is part of Northwestern University’s We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern, which the University announced in March 2014. Total giving for the “We Will” Campaign now stands at $3.31 billion. More information on the “We Will” Campaign is available at wewill.northwestern.edu.

Explore the Global Hub

Gies Plaza

The heart of the Global Hub, designed to be a central meeting place for the entire Kellogg community.

White Auditorium

The building's major convening space, accommodating up to 300 people in a variety of formats—from seated dinners and receptions to conferences and panel discussions.

Faculty Summit

A two-story atrium with a piazza in the center designed to encourage partnership between faculty from various disciplines.

Flexible Classrooms

Designed for maximum adaptability, classrooms can be configured so that flat classrooms can be converted to tiered lecture-style classrooms.

Galvin Family Design Wing

A dedicated space for hands-on experiential learning.

Student Lounge

The Shannon Family Lounge is one of several student gathering spaces in the Global Hub.

Floating Collaboration Room

Conference rooms throughout the building foster small-scale collaboration and spontaneous work.

Montag Vista

A 9,000-square-foot premier space, the Montag Vista is perfect for collaborating by day or evening. Overlooking Lake Michigan to the east and the Chicago skyline to the south, this outdoor plaza brings energy and fluidity to the Global Hub.

Gordon’s Marketplace

A state-of-the-art dining and gathering space featuring global cuisine and lake views.

The Global Hub: From Vision to Reality

Learn more about the 415,000-square foot Kellogg School of Management Global Hub, located on Northwestern University's Evanston campus.

The Global Hub will inspire the next generation of business leaders by supporting new forms of learning and community building through a combination of the physical and virtual in unprecedented ways.

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The Kellogg Marvel on the Lake

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Celebrating the Global Hub

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Q&A with Global Hub Architects

KPMB architects share insights on the design of the Global Hub


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