Bidding has now closed for President Barack Obama’s Presidential Library and Museum. A total of 13 bids have been received for the project that could eventually cost more than $500 million.
With numerous potential sites—Chicago, Honolulu, and New York City, amongst others—a decision on where the 14th official president library will be located won’t come until early 2015.
HOK Chicago is one of the firms participating in the bidding process (rendering at right). In a design bid submitted with Hawthorne Strategy Group, the team proposed locating the library on a site in Bronzeville, a historic neighborhood on Chicago’s south side. Developed by an integrated planning and design team in collaboration with more than 20 firms, organizations, and community groups, the proposal for the library embodies the grassroots spirit of the Obama campaign to reflect the president’s agenda.
“Our proposal challenges the historic trend of designing presidential libraries as static repositories of a presidency,” said Peter Ruggiero, AIA, design principal for HOK’s Chicago practice. “By fully realizing the potential of the site, the Barack Obama Presidential Library would go beyond cataloguing President Obama’s eight years in office. As a living part of this historic south side neighborhood, it would drive economic development and reinforce a sense of place at a crossroads of Chicago.”