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McCormick Tribune Campus Center Groundbreaking and IIT Challenge Grant tapes, 2000-2001

Identifier: 037.08.22

Audio and video tapes (unedited) recorded by Illinois Institute of Technology to document two events related to the university's renewal program. Ten of the tapes document events surrounding the March 9, 2000 ground breaking for the McCormick Tribune Campus Center including a video conference with representatives of the various architectural, engineering, university, and public entities who collaborated on the building, the official ground breaking ceremony, and the lunch reception which followed. Individuals and companies represented include: Lew Collens, Donna Robertson, David Baker, John Collins, David Arditi, Mary Anne Smith, Rick Brown, David Williams, Rollin Dix, and Ganesh Raman (IIT), Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)'s Rem Koolhaas, Dan Wood and Tina Manis, Holabird & Root's Frank Castelli and Dennis Vovos, Renz van Luxemberg from TNO-TUE Center for Building Research, Kirkegaard & Associates' Dawn Schuette, Ove Arup & Partners' Rory McGowan and Charles Walker, Ray Clark from Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP, and Chicago Transit Authority's Jack Hartman. The final tape documents the August 10, 2001 Gala Celebration, held in Hermann Union Building on the IIT campus, to mark the end of the IIT Challenge Campaign and to honor the two IIT trustees who issued the matching grant challenge, Robert Galvin and Robert Pritzker.


  • Creation: 2000-2001


Language of Materials

Records are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for Research

Collection Size

11 Tapes : Audio and video tapes

Biographical Note

The IIT Challenge Grant was issued by two Illinois Institute of Technology Board of Trustee members, Robert Galvin and Robert Pritzker, in 1996 in response to the university's need to renew its campus facilities and academic programs. Galvin and Pritzker each pledged $60 million dollars to be matched in a fund raising effort (ultimate goal, $250 million). The challenge followed a 1993-1994 National Commission self study which re-committed Illinois Institute of Technology to its South Side Chicago location at 33rd and State Streets, and the 1996 master plan presented by board member Dirk Lohan to build a new campus center, renovate five Mies van der Rohe buildings, and landscape substantial portions of the campus. By December, 2000, a year ahead of schedule, the goal had been exceeded. At the time the challenge grant was announced, it was the largest private donation of its kind to an Illinois university. A Gala Celebration was held August 10, 2001 to mark the successful end of the campaign.

On March 9, 2000, ground was broken for the McCormick Tribune Campus Center, a new facility designed by Rem Koolhaas, and funded in part with proceeds of the campaign.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Formerly 2001.049

Related Material

Various collections related to the Challenge Campaign and Campus Center, some of which are: 1999.016, 1999.022, 1999.026, 2000.031, 2001.016, 2001.029


Catherine Bruck, University Archivist 12/14/2001

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