Evanston-based Northwestern University has embarked on a campaign that could change the face of its suburban campus. The university recently announced that it plans to raise $3.75 billion dollars to revamp the school in order to provide new advanced learning facilities and financial aid for students. The Chicago Tribune notes that if this campaign is successful, “it would be among the 10 largest fundraising efforts by a university in the United States.”
The title “We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern” suggests many possibilities for the University. Some of the major projects include a new athletics and recreation complex, music and communications building, and a biomedical research center.
The designs of these buildings display a very modern and sleek look, with a focus on contrasting round and sharp lines. The athletic building is planned to take a round and circular shape with a glass window exterior, providing a lot of natural light to be used within the building. Designed by Perkins + Will, the facility will become the new home of the university’s football and soccer programs, according to Curbed Chicago.
The music and communication building features a squared-off design with strong asymmetrical lines that’s overlooking the river and the biomedical research center is depicted as a high rise that one has come to expect to see in Chicago’s Loop. It replaces the venerable Prentice Women’s Hospital in Streeterville. The rendering of the research facility shows that it will have a short, wide base with additional floors spiraling up into the sky.
Before construction can begin, Northwestern needs to secure donations. According to the Chicago Tribune, the school’s goal is to find 140,995 individual donors to contribute to the campaign. Northwestern hopes to complete the project within five years.