A Groundbreaking Moment

Our New Home

Kellogg announces construction on new lakefront home and launches public campaign

By Paul Dailing

A new building — and a new way of thinking about management education — kicked off Thursday as Dean Sally Blount and prominent donors, alumni and faculty broke ground on Kellogg’s new, state-of-the-art global hub.

“We asked for a design that captures Kellogg’s courageous and collaborative culture,” said Blount, who added that the building’s completion in late 2016 would cap off the school’s seven-year plan for transformation. “It will set a standard for how we teach at Kellogg.”

The groundbreaking ceremony coincided with the kickoff of Transforming Together, Kellogg’s $350-million capital campaign that already is halfway toward that goal. Blount officially launched the campaign during a private event with donors Thursday night. “In the next five to eight years, we’re going to have a different feel to this university,” said Gordon I. Segal ’60, chair of the educational properties committee for Northwestern’s Board of Trustees. Segal, who founded Crate & Barrel, played an integral part in overseeing the building’s design process.

“In the end, we’ve created a new Kellogg,” he said. “It will be unique and different and wonderful.”

Built to be flexible

The new global hub will be five stories and approximately 410,000 square feet of classrooms, seminar rooms and community gathering spaces. The new building was designed so lecture-style classrooms can be reconfigured into large seminar rooms and offices could become study rooms.

A two-story, 6,600-square-foot Conservatory with a lakefront view will be able to accommodate 250 people for dinners or 350 people for speeches and presentations.

‘You want to breach the paradigm’

Toronto-based KPMB Architects designed the building to reflect Kellogg’s commitment to reinventing management education to address an increasingly complex world. The firm won the design job following an extensive, six-month-long competition. “This building is going to send a big message about the future of education, especially with schools of management,” said Bruce Kuwabara, founding partner of KPMB Architects. “You don’t want to be just another business school. You want to breach the paradigm, and that’s what Kellogg has done.”

Thursday’s groundbreaking kicked off a weekend of events, including a “Day with Dean Blount for Kellogg Leaders” on Friday. Videos unveiling the building will play during the Wildcats’ football game against Michigan on Saturday. Construction on the global hub is expected to begin in full by early 2014.

Lauren Hise and Glenn Jeffers contributed to this report.
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