The short of it

By Ken Hare

Chicago Defender Staff Writer


President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama

On a conference call today, the Barack Obama Foundation announced that the exhaustive process of selecting an architectural firm to build the Obama Presidential Library has come to a conclusion. Not much was revealed about the actual design of the library itself; however, a rough timeline of events past and present was shared and here it is.

August 2015 – Request for Qualifications went out and 144 architectural firms worldwide responded.

December 2015 – Formal Request for Proposals announced to seven semifinalists for creative ideas.

March 2016 – Seven semifinalists meet one-on-one with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to show concepts for both proposed sites, Washington, and Jackson Parks.

June 2016 – New York architects Tod Williams and Billy Tsien was chosen.

December 2016 – The anticipated announcement of the final location.

2018 – The design team has up to two years to design and submit a building for approval.

2021 – Anticipated ribbon cutting ceremony.

This according to the Barack Obama Foundation. Stay tuned as further details are announced.

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