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McCormick Tribune Campus Center collection, 1998-2002

Identifier: 037.08.20

Materials related to McCormick Tribune Campus Center (MTCC), State Street Village student housing, CTA Red Line bridge marquee at 35th St., and S. R. Crown Hall restoration, all buildings or activities related to Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago) campus master plan. The collection bulks with materials related to MTCC, primarily budget and financial information, and "The Exelon Tube." Frequently occurring names include Rem Koolhaas, Richard (Rick) Brown, Dan Wood, OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture). Access to financial and other materials in this collection may be restricted.


  • Creation: 1998-2002


Language of Materials

Records are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Restricted Collection

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright for all McCormick Tribune Campus Center drawings, designs, and specifications is held by the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) and Holabird & Root.

Collection Size

2 Series

Biographical Note

In July 1997, Illinois Institute of Technology announced the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation International Design Competition to select an architect for the building which later became identified as the McCormick Tribune Campus Center on the Mies Campus of Illinois Institute of Technology. Thirty-nine architects reviewed the initial submissions and chose five teams to submit models. The five finalists were: Peter Eisenman (New York), Zaha Hadid (London), Rem Koolhaas (Rotterdam), Helmut Jahn and Werner Sobek (Chicago and Stuttgart), and Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa (Tokyo). The final presentations were held in Feb. 1998, with a public announcement and reception held on Feb. 5, 1998. Jury members who chose the winner were: James Ingo Freed, K. Michael Hayes, Phyllis Lambert, Mark Scogin (chair), Rick Solomon. On selection of the architect, Rem Koolhaas, Office for Metropolitan Architecture (aka, OMA), Netherlands, the McCormick Tribune Foundation announced a $10 million gift to the university, which was matched by the Galvin-Pritzker Challenge Grant, for the construction of the building. An Illinois FIRST $9 million grant for construction of the Exelon Tube (noise buffer around the Chicago CTA Green Line El, i.e., the elevated public transit train, which runs over the Campus Center) was announced by Gov. George Ryan on Dec. 7, 1999. Groundbreaking for MTCC was held in March 9, 2000, and the building was dedicated Sept. 30, 2003.

Arrangement of the Collection

Arranged by size of materials.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Was formerly 2006.004.

Related Material

2003.043 MTCC Collection, 2006.029 MTCC Collection


Catherine Bruck, University Archivist 3/8/2006

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