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Plans for new global hub, Kellogg campaign announced

EVANSTON, Ill. (November 14, 2013)--- Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management is holding a groundbreaking ceremony at 4:30 p.m. today (Nov. 14) for a five-story approximately 410,000-square-foot global hub that will offer dramatic vistas of Lake Michigan and Chicago’s skyline. Dean Sally Blount also announced the launch of Kellogg’s $350 million capital campaign that already is halfway toward that goal.

Designed by the Toronto-based, award-winning firm KPMB Architects, the new facility for Kellogg also will serve as the headquarters for the department of economics in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.

“This magnificent new home will reflect Kellogg’s dedication to reinventing management education,” said Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro. “And it will further bolster the interdisciplinary approach that drives Northwestern’s leadership position in business.”

Construction is expected to begin early in 2014, with an anticipated completion date in late 2016. To see images of the new building, go to

A physical manifestation of Kellogg’s culture, the building will accommodate the latest technology and foster new forms of learning and idea generation.  

“The design of our new global hub embodies our commitment to inspiring brave thinking and catalyzing bold action as we meet the changing needs for management education in an increasingly complex and demanding global marketplace,” Blount said.

The new building and the existing James L. Allen Center, which houses Kellogg’s executive education programs, will form a world-class lakefront business campus. Together, they represent a comprehensive strategy to advance business education and thought leadership at Northwestern.

“Weinberg College’s department of economics faculty and students will benefit enormously from the continued collaboration with Kellogg,” Weinberg Dean Sarah Mangelsdorf said. “This building will house some of the most exciting work being done in economic theory and development, and will foster a culture of analysis and innovation, critical thought and creative expression for a new generation of leaders in the business and economics communities.”

Designed for the innovation and collaboration that Kellogg is known for, the new hub will be a flexible, multi-faceted space that can be easily reconfigured so that lecture-style classrooms can become large seminar rooms and offices can become study rooms.

The building’s most dynamic room, a two-story 6,600-square-foot conservatory, is designed as a destination for business and civic leaders from around the globe. The space will be able to accommodate 250 people for dinners or 350 people for speeches and presentations.

Kellogg students, faculty, administrators and alumni were involved in the design process, which included visits by the design team to organizations such as Google and Pixar to learn more about creating spaces that support collaborative learning and innovation. The design team included Booz & Company in the early conceptualization process, bringing the best in design thinking to the project.

The announcement of the $350 million capital campaign emphasizes Kellogg’s determination to remain one of the world’s premier business schools.

“I am deeply grateful to the many donors, alumni and friends for their support which has enabled us to reach the halfway point so quickly—a milestone that exemplifies the strength and responsiveness for which the Kellogg community is known,” Dean Blount said.

“The capital campaign is focused on enhancing our thought leadership to make Kellogg synonymous with new ways of thinking, transforming our educational mission to equip and inspire tomorrow’s leaders and deepening our global connectivity,” she said.

Campaign contributions that have brought Kellogg to the halfway milestone:

• The largest gift in Kellogg’s history: A bequest of $17 million from the estate of James R. Russell that supported the creation of the Russell Fellows Program. A lake-view lounge in the school’s new global hub will be named in memory of Helen D. Russell and James (Jim) R. Russell.

• Early support of Chicago business and Kellogg campaign leaders, including W. James and Maxine Poole Farrell, Richard H. and Susan Lenny, T. Bondurant and Hollis S. French, William A. and Cathleen Osborn, Frederick H. and Catherine Waddell, Miles D. and Kimberly White and Ann M. Drake, as well as prominent alumni and their families, including Michael S. and Mary Sue Shannon, Jeffrey and Laura Ubben, Jerome P. and Carol Kenney and The Lavin Family, The Carlson Family, The Crown Family and The Gund Family.

• Gifts from corporations, including Illinois Tool Works, The Northern Trust Company and The Abbott Fund, as well as support from leading Chicago philanthropists, including James and Sara Star, the Robert. R. McCormick Foundation and Lawrence F. and Carol Levy.

• Contributions from supporters of the Economics Department include Herbert and Anne Gullquist and Venketrama Raja.  

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