Upcoming Site Tour: IIT Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship

Construction is nearly complete for this state of the art building that will house workshop, media lab, and collaboration space offering students and faculty a centralized facility with a singular purpose of promoting the basic elements of innovation allowing the transition of new ideas into products and processes.  

The design features technologically advanced materials and features including a dynamic ETFE façade as well as radiant heating and cooling.  The project in on track to receive LEED Silver certification.  

Please note the maximum number of participants will be 15. 

Release Waiver: Each visitor will be required to complete a Visitor Release Form prior to going on the tour. 

Required PPE: This is an active construction site.  All visitors must bring and wear a hard hat, safety glasses, and close-toed shoes; must wear pants.  

Please register on or before Thursday, June 28th.      

When:   Friday, June 29, 2018
Where:  3241 S. Federal Street
              Jobsite Trailer adjacent to the VanderCook College of Music
Time:     11:00am - 12:30pm
Cost:      Free

Register using the following link: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/cmaachicago/176396

IIT Ed Kaplan Family Institute

For Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship

Project Achievement Awards & Scholarship Program

Thank you to all who attended the Project Achievement & Scholarship Program Awards! 

We are proud to congratulate the recipients for this year’s Scholarship Awards. each of who received a plaque, and a check for $2,500. They are as follows:

  • Tyler Bratland, Undergrad at UIC
  • Xavier John, Undergrad at IIT
  • Tyler Kleinsasser, Undergrad at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
  • Lufan Wang, Grad at UIUC


The Project Achievement Awards were based on the following categories:

Constructed value less than $25 Million: Benesch - 120th & Torrence Grade Separation - Chicago, IL

Constructed value greater than $25 Million: V3/TY Lin - Itasca, Illinois 


Constructed value less than $25 Million: JLL & McHugh - Ritz Carlton
Constructed value greater than $25 Million: Gilbane - Township High School District 113

Omega I-90 - 31 to Illinois Route 53 





April Luncheon Recap - The Obama Presidential Center

Thank you to all who attended the April Luncheon!  

The Obama Presidential Center was presented by Rick Blair of Turner Construction and Ronald A Lewis of UJAMAA Construction. Both companies are part of the Lakeside Alliance, which is the Construction Management Team comprised of Turner Construction, and the Presidential Partners consortium of Powers & Sons Construction, UJAMAA Construction, Brown & Momen, and Safeway Construction.

Rick Blair serves as Vice President and General Manager of Turner Construction’s Chicago office. In his role, Rick is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the Chicago office which has over 200 employees and completes an average annual construction volume of $600 Million.  

Ron Lewis serves as Project Executive at UJAMAA. Ron joined UJAMAA Construction in 2010 and boasts over 28 years of experience in the construction industry. Ron has worked with owners, architects and construction teams through complex projects in the Healthcare, Institutional, Aviation and Retail markets amongst many others. With Ron’s eclectic skillset, he is a trusted field engineer and superintendent regularly attending jobsite meetings, an exceptional project manager handling the day-to-day operations of a project and an owner-general contractor liaison as their direct contact. Ron is currently Superintendent in the Field Operations division of the Lakeside Alliance team. 

The Obama Presidential Center Building will be a campus for active citizenship in the heart of Chicago’s South Side. The Obama Presidential Center will be a living, working campus that will consist of:

The Forum - A two-story public meeting space, with one story above grade and one below ground, which is complete with an auditorium, broadcast studio, winter garden, and restaurants.

The Museum - Serve as a landmark for the Campus, welcoming visitors to the Center, Jackson Park, and the South Side, but will have a relatively small footprint within the Campus.

The Library - The third main building of the campus — a portal for visitors to engage with the world beyond the Obama Presidential Center.

The Plaza - The Museum, Forum, and Library Buildings will wrap around a community-facing public plaza that will act as another gateway into the park.
The Athletic Center - Will invite the community to take part in physical activity year-round, highlighting the importance of teamwork and exercise through sports.

The architecture and design firms for the project are Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners (TWBTA), and Interactive Design Architects (IDEA).

See the slideshow below for Lakeside Alliance's presentation:

Click HERE for more on the Obama Presidential Center Building


For more on the Obama Library: https://www.obamalibrary.gov/