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The Barack Obama
Barack Obama
Presidential Center is the planned presidential library of Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States.[2] The center will be located in Jackson Park on the South Side of Chicago, near the campus of the University of Chicago.[3] The university provides planning, support, engagement and programming.[4] The center will not be part of the presidential library network operated by the National Archives and Records Administration
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(NARA), and will therefore not receive any government funding.[5] The nonprofit Obama Foundation oversees the creation of the Center and the construction of its campus.

Contents

1 Board and staff 2 Planning and design 3 Construction and fundraising 4 See also 5 Notes 6 References 7 External links

Board and staff[edit] The Obama Foundation board includes Chairman Marty Nesbitt, a close friend from Chicago; J. Kevin Poorman, president and CEO of PSP Capital Partners; David Plouffe; Obama's half-sister Maya Soetoro-Ng; venture capital financier, John Doerr; Studio Museum in Harlem Director and Chief Curator, Thelma Golden; fundraiser and former White House staffer, Juliana Smoot; investment managers John Rogers, and Michael Sacks, and former Governor of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick.[6][7] Barack Obama
Barack Obama
has a home in Hyde Park.[8][9][a] The foundation was formally established in January 2014.[10] Louise Bernard, outgoing Director of Exhibitions at NYPL, was named director of the Museum of the Obama
Obama
Presidential Center in May 2017.[11] Michael Strautmanis
Michael Strautmanis
became the vice-president of civic engagement for the foundation in 2016.[12] Planning and design[edit] The University of Chicago, the University of Illinois
Illinois
at Chicago, the University of Hawaii, and Columbia University
Columbia University
submitted proposals to host the institution.[13][14] In May 2015, the Barack Obama
Barack Obama
Foundation and Chicago
Chicago
mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that the foundation and the Barack Obama Presidential Center would be located in Chicago's South Side, and would be built in partnership with the University of Chicago.[15] The selection of the South Side has broad local support for reasons of civic pride as well as of the economic development it would bring in the form of jobs and development, although the nonprofit group Friends of the Parks opposes the loss of parkland to build the center and had threatened a lawsuit to block development.[15] A design advisory committee assisted in the selection of the architects. Members of the committee included sculptor Don Gummer
Don Gummer
(the husband of actress Meryl Streep); Ed Schlossberg
Ed Schlossberg
of ESI Design (husband of Caroline Kennedy, the then U.S. ambassador to Japan); Fred Eychaner, a Chicago
Chicago
radio station owner and Democratic financier; and Architectural Digest magazine editor Margaret Russell.[16] Seven architectural firms were announced as finalists in December 2015 from an initial list of 140 applicants:[16] John Ronan Architects, Adjaye Associates, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Renzo Piano
Renzo Piano
Building Workshop, SHoP Architects, Snøhetta, and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects.[17] New York-based Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects and Chicago-based Interactive Design Architects were chosen in June 2016
2016
to jointly lead the design and engineering of the center.[18][19] For the exhibition design, Ralph Appelbaum Associates, which worked on the National Museum of African American History, will lead a team including Civic Projects, Normal, and several local artists.[20] The landscape architect is Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, with Site Design Group, and Living Habitats.[21] Two parks near the University of Chicago's campus, Jackson Park and Washington Park, were considered.[15] On July 29, 2016, the foundation announced the selection of portion of Jackson Park in the Woodlawn neighborhood. Jackson Park, designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, already houses the Museum of Science and Industry and a golf course.[22] Preliminary plans were unveiled in May 2017, involving three buildings in geometric shapes covered in light-colored stone, roughly 200,000 to 225,000 square feet (18,600 to 20,900 m2). The museum building (which will also include educational and meeting space) will be the tallest at 180 ft (55 m). The other buildings, a library building and a forum building, will be a single story. The latter building will feature an auditorium, restaurant, and a public garden. The library will be "the first completely digital presidential library in the country, with no paper records stored on site"—papers will be stored at a separate National Archives and Records Administration facility.[23] The unveiled plan incorporates the Jackson Park end of Midway Plaisance from the north (which would be readapted as a circular greenspace surrounding a water basin), and the entirety of the park's hockey field and adjoining parkland to the south, where the main buildings and new park landscaping are to be sited. As part of a wider plan to reclaim parkland and improve park safety, the project also necessitates the closure of South Cornell Drive between 60th and 67th Streets, a 6-lane thoroughfare that runs along the western park lagoon and the park's golf course from Midway Plaisance
Midway Plaisance
to South Shore.[23] Construction and fundraising[edit] Construction of the center is expected to begin in late 2018 and be completed in 2020 or 2021.[16] A federal review of the project began in late 2017, responding to the local criticism and attempting to assess whether the project affects Jackson Park's status on the National Register of Historic Places.[24] This review is expected to end in the summer or fall of 2018, and will determine the start date of construction if the plan is approved.[25] The architects said in February 2017 that construction of the center's museum and library would likely approach $300 million, and that the Center would likely need an endowment of $1.5 billion.[26] Until the site is ready, papers and artifacts from the Obama
Obama
administration are being stored and processed inside a facility in suburban Hoffman Estates,[27][23] northwest of Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. Obama
Obama
did not do major fundraising for the Center while still in office. In 2017, Obama reportedly was set to engage in a major fundraising effort for the Center.[26] Some University of Chicago
Chicago
faculty members expressed concerns about the design, raised questions about the estimated cost of transportation improvements, and stated "there are concerns that the Obama
Obama
Center as currently planned will not provide the promised development or economic benefits to the neighborhoods".[28][29] See also[edit]

Presidential Records Act

Notes[edit]

^ “I spent almost 30 years in Chicago. It’s where Michelle, where she grew up, where our daughters were born,” he said. “Hawaii is home to me,” the president said, but Chicago
Chicago
was his real home.[9]

References[edit]

^ Eilperin, Juliet (December 19, 2016). "White House political director David Simas joins Obama Foundation as CEO". Washington Post. Retrieved December 25, 2016.  ^ "The Obama
Obama
Presidential Center". barackobamafoundation.org.  ^ " Obama Foundation Announces Jackson Park as Site of the Obama Presidential Center". Obama.org. Retrieved February 28, 2018.  ^ "FAQ on Obama
Obama
Presidential Library". U Chicago
Chicago
News. January 31, 2014. Retrieved February 28, 2018.  ^ Caputo, Blair Kamin, Katherine Skiba, Angela. " Obama
Obama
Presidential Center breaks from National Archives model". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved May 25, 2017.  ^ David Jackson (January 31, 2014). " Obama
Obama
library foundation is formed". USA Today.  ^ "About the Foundation". Barack Obama
Barack Obama
Foundation.  ^ Gima, Craig (March 3, 2016). "Obama: 'Hawaii is home,' but he probably won't live here". Star Advertiser. Honolulu. Retrieved March 3, 2016.  ^ a b "Obamas likely to stay in DC for a few years". Reuters
Reuters
interview (rough cut with no reporter narration). March 3, 2016. Retrieved March 3, 2016.  ^ Supporters Establish the Obama Foundation to Oversee Planning for Future Presidential Library, Barack Obama
Barack Obama
Foundation (January 31, 2014). ^ Pashman, Katherine Skiba, Manya Brachear (May 31, 2017). "Louise Bernard named museum director for future Obama
Obama
Presidential Center". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved June 12, 2017.  ^ "The Barack Obama
Barack Obama
Foundation Announces Hire of Michael Strautmanis as Vice President of Civic Engagement - Obama
Obama
Foundation". Obama.org. November 23, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2018.  ^ " Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama
to pick Obama
Obama
library location: report". WGN-TV. February 5, 2015. Retrieved January 10, 2018.  ^ " Obama Foundation Issues RFP to Four Potential Hosts of Future Presidential Library". Barack Obama
Barack Obama
Foundation. September 15, 2014. Retrieved January 10, 2018.  ^ a b c Bosman, Julie; Smith, Mitch (May 12, 2015). " Chicago
Chicago
Wins Bid to Host Obama
Obama
Library". New York Times. Retrieved January 10, 2018.  ^ a b c Blair, Kamin (January 13, 2016). "Husbands of Streep and Kennedy advising on Obama
Obama
Center architect". Chicago
Chicago
Tribune.  ^ Lynn Sweet, Seven firms make cut to design Obama
Obama
Center in Chicago, Chicago
Chicago
Sun Times December 21, 2015 ^ "Obamas choose New York architects to design Chicago
Chicago
library and museum". Chicago
Chicago
Tribune. June 30, 2016.  ^ "The Obama Foundation Announces Architect
Architect
Selection for Future Presidential Center". The Obama
Obama
Foundation. June 30, 2016. Retrieved July 2, 2016.  ^ Obama Foundation exhibition designers Chicago
Chicago
Tribune ^ Tan, Yao Xen (February 6, 2017). " Obama Foundation Chooses Landscape Architects for Presidential Library". www.chicagomaroon.com.  ^ Katherine Skiba, Obama Foundation makes it official: Presidential library will go up in Jackson Park, Chicago
Chicago
Tribune, June 29, 2016. ^ a b c Angela Caputo, Katherine Skiba, Blair Kamin (May 4, 2017). "Obamas unveil design of presidential center in Chicago". Chicago Tribune. CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link) ^ Sweet, Lynn. "Feds launch review of Obama
Obama
Presidential Center impact on Jackson Park", Chicago
Chicago
Sun-Times, November 26, 2017. ^ Freund, Sara. " Obama
Obama
Center scraps above-ground parking garage after neighborhood opposition", Chicago
Chicago
Curbed, January 9, 2018. Retrieved March 25, 2018. ^ a b Obama’s Library Architects Say Project May Need $1.5 Billion: Report, NBC Chicago
Chicago
(February 20, 2017). ^ Skiba, Katherine (October 21, 2016). "Military Soon to Start Moving Obama's Papers to Hoffman Estates". Chicago
Chicago
Tribune. Washington DC. Retrieved March 3, 2017.  ^ "Letter from Faculty Concerning the Obama
Obama
Center". FacultyObamaLetter.wufoo.com. Retrieved January 10, 2018.  ^ Drew Van Voorhis (January 29, 2018). "U Chicago
Chicago
faculty denounce plans for Obama
Obama
Presidential Center: 'object-lesson in the mistakes of the past' - The College Fix". TheCollegeFix.com. Retrieved January 29, 2018. 

External links[edit]

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Chicago
library announcement with videos National Archives and Records Administration
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