IIT announces $30-million Innovation Center

Midwest
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
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IIT's Innovation Center will overlook the Dan Ryan Expressway. (Courtesy IIT)

IIT's Innovation Center will overlook the Dan Ryan Expressway. (Courtesy IIT)

The Illinois Institute of Technology announced last week that they will break ground next year on a 5-story “innovation center” at the university’s Bronzeville campus in Chicago. The new 100,000-square-foot building will overlook the Dan Ryan Expressway and will house academic classrooms as well as resources for entrepreneurs.

“It will combine the power of higher education,” said IIT President John Anderson, “with Chicago-style imagination, determination and boldness to fuel innovation.”

The center will house IIT’s Interprofessional Projects Program as well as high-tech workshops and computer labs. IIT will also provide space for companies at University Technology Park.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel was present for the announcement, eager to tout Chicago’s growing business community. City support will provide cost savings that Anderson said will translate into twice as many Chicago Public Schools students in its summer programs for high school students.

2 Responses to “IIT announces $30-million Innovation Center”

  1. Roland S says:

    Good news.

    Did you guys call up IIT and ask who the designer is, or ask for some high-quality renderings?

  2. Chris Bentley says:

    Roland,

    No designer has been chosen and no renderings are available at this time, according to IIT’s press office. The building is just a concept now, so its final design may differ from the rendering here.

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