Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management opened its $250 million Kellogg Global Hub, a 415,000-square-foot home for the business school.
Construction began in April 2014. The resulting building—which entailed more than a million work hours put in by more than 1,500 people and incorporates materials from 17 countries from around the globe is touted as placing collaboration as a key defining principle.
Visitors to the Global Hub enter through its soaring Collaboration Plaza, a 6,000-square-foot, three-story central space modeled on piazzas of Europe, where the Kellogg community is expected to intersect and interact both by chance and by design.
Grand “Spanish Steps”—34-foot-wide terraced seating inspired by the beautiful “Scalina Spagna” of Rome—form the plaza’s center and connect the building’s ground, first and second floors. They were designed as a convening space both where groups can plan to meet and where passersby can be lured into serendipitous conversation with peers as they move from one part of the building to another.
The building is designed to promote constant path crossing between students and increase energy levels and buzz.
For more details see "A New Era for Kellogg"