Size: 415,000 s.f.
As a premier global business school, the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University believes that business should be bravely led, passionately collaborative and world-changing. The design of its new building was selected through an invited international design competition. The primary goals were to create highly flexible and stimulating physical learning environments that transform the classroom experience, and to set the standard for how in-person learning will be physically structured and staged in the 21st century.
This new business campus will be the centrepiece of Kellogg’s global network. Located on the shore of Lake Michigan, the project is sited to extend Northwestern’s campus east to fully engage Lake Michigan and views of the Chicago skyline to the south.
Kellogg’s spirit of collaboration is manifested in the concept of a hybrid academic learning village/global hub. In the winning competition design, the plan order organized four five-storey loft structures, situated at the intersection of north-south and east-west cross axes, above a common two-storey-high base. The four loft structures are contained within a curvilinear framework of floor-to-ceiling transparent façades to optimize access to natural light, fresh air and views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline.
The winning design responds directly to the campus framework, the natural and man-made history and geography of the site, and is reflective of Kellogg’s ‘Think Bravely’ ethos.
Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
The five-storey purpose built academic building will provide facilities for Kellogg’s full-time programs. The building concept accommodates a variety of study, teaching, meeting and work spaces. Every space is planned to support Kellogg’s unique team work culture that supports collaboration between 2 to 20 individuals, and gatherings from 200 to 2,000.
Bruce Kuwabara (design partner), Marianne McKenna (partner-in-charge), Luigi LaRocca (principal), Kevin Thomas (associate), John Peterson (associate), Graham Baxter, Camille Mitchell, Andrew Hill, Rob McKaye, Victor Garzon, Ramon Janer, Vaughn Miller, Rita Kiriakis, Mohammed Soroor, Teddy Benedicto, Jennifer Davis, Jonathan Enns, Carolyn Lee, Jacki Chapel, Jessica Juvet
Thornton Tomasetti (structural), AEI Affiliated Engineers (mechanical, electrical, plumbing), Eriksson Engineering (civil, geotechnical), Transsolar (energy, climate), Hoerr Schaudt (landscape), HJ Kessler Associates (LEED), Tillotson Design Associates (lighting), Construction Cost Systems (cost), CM Architects (accessibility), Threshold (acoustic, audio visual), Soberman Engineering (elevator), S20 (food services), Desman (parking, traffic), Brian Ballantyne Specifications (specifications), Cini Little (waste management)
Kellogg’s new building reaches its final height
October 23, 2015