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Architect selected for Kellogg building

Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects engaged to design new global hub

  Bruce Kuwabara
  Marianne McKenna

The architect for a new building for the Kellogg School has been selected, University and Kellogg officials announced Oct. 6. Kellogg's new global hub on the Evanston lakefront will be designed by the highly regarded firm Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg (KPMB) Architects. The design process will begin immediately for the building, which will create a dynamic, state-of-the-art presence for Kellogg on Northwestern's Evanston campus.

The new building will be located adjacent to the Allen Center, which is used for executive education and executive MBA classes. It will include classrooms, community gathering spaces, flexible learning environments, and faculty and administrative offices.

"KPMB was the unanimous choice for this project," said Dean Sally Blount. "I'm confident the firm will help us build a one-of-a-kind, global hub that transforms our community and represents the power of the Kellogg brand in the 21st century."

KPMB is an award-winning Toronto-based, global firm recognized for design excellence. The firm's clients include the Goodman Theater, Manitoba Hydro, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Princeton University and the Toronto International Film Festival. In addition to their role as design architects for the new Kellogg building, KPMB will also be responsible for managing the sub-consultant team, the majority of whom are based in Chicago, including a local architect; structural and civil engineers; mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineers; an acoustical/AV consultant; a food service consultant; a LEED consultant; and a cost consultant. The process will be highly integrated and collaborative to optimize innovation and excellence.

KPMB's selection is the culmination of a six-month-long architect competition, which evaluated the proposals of nearly 20 firms. The pool was ultimately narrowed down to five finalist firms. "In the end, KPMB was chosen due to its creativity, track record and innovative approach," said Gordon Segal, who chairs the Northwestern University Board of Trustees' Educational Properties Committee.

Added Northwestern President Morton Schapiro: "The Kellogg building will no doubt be another gem on the Northwestern University campus — a destination for business and civic leaders from around the world."

In a joint statement, firm partners Bruce Kuwabara and Marianne McKenna said, "KPMB is honored to be part of the Northwestern University and Kellogg School of Management team to create a unique design that responds to the extraordinary lakefront site and embodies the future of Kellogg: fluid, connected, collaborative, edgy, welcoming, flexible and global."

Bruce Kuwabara and Marianne McKenna, partners at KPMB, said that the firm is honored "to create a unique design that … embodies the future of Kellogg."



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