On August 25, 2016, donors, faculty, students, alumni, staff and community leaders joined together for the groundbreaking of the Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship. The Kaplan Institute will serve as a one-of-a-kind hub for invention at Illinois Tech, preparing students for the development of meaningful technological innovations that solve complex problems.
Construction for the new innovation center is expected to ramp up by March 2017, with anticipated completion by late 2018.
The groundbreaking was covered by several Chicago and national media outlets including the following:
The Architect’s Newspaper: Illinois Institute of Technology breaks ground on new innovation center
Chicago Business Journal: Illinois Tech breaks ground on first new academic building in 40 years
Chicago Architecture: IIT Breaks Ground On Its First New Academic Building in 40 Years
ABC 7 Chicago: Mayor responds to CPS budget at Illinois Tech groundbreaking
The Street: Illinois Tech breaks ground on Kaplan Institute