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Chicago Library Design Competition Collection, 1987-1990

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Finding Aid Published: 1999

Chicago Library Design Competition Records, 1987-1990

Accession Number: 1988.3

Electronic access to this finding aid was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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COLLECTION SUMMARY:
TITLE:Chicago Library Design Competition Records, 1987-1990
EXTENT:6 linear feet  (24 boxes), 2 portfolios, 3 oversize portfolios and flatfile materials
REPOSITORY: Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries,
The Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60603-6110
(312) 443-7292 phone
rbarchives@artic.edu
http://www.artic.edu/aic/libraries/rbarchives/rbarchives.html
ABSTRACT:This collection includes documents that record several phases of the 1987-1988 competition to select a design/build team and a design for the new Central Library in Chicago.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Printed papers, typescript papers, correspondence, black and white and color photographic prints, architectural reprographic prints and photocopies.
ORIGINATION: Chicago Public Library Design Competition Jury
ACQUISITION INFORMATION:The majority of this collection was donated by Marian (Cindy) Pritzker, a member of the Chicago Public Library Board of Directors and member of the jury appointed to review and select the design/build team. Additional photographs from an unknown source were added in 2014.

HISTORICAL NOTE:
In the summer of 1987, the Board of Directors of the Chicago Public Library and the Department of Planning of the City of Chicago proposed a design/build* competition for the city's new central library; this proposal was duly authorized by the City Council, along with a bond issue for the $140 million contract. During the first phase of the open international competition process, the design/build teams assembled themselves and prepared their responses to the city's Request for Qualifications (RFQ). The responses included the professional qualifications and experience of the individual members of each design/build team, as well as an organizational chart, and proof of ability to comply with the city's demands for participation of Minority Business Enterprises and Women Business Enterprises. Only six consortia met the November 30, 1987 deadline for submission of a RFQ. Of these six, only five teams progressed to phase two of the competition, the submission of a final design/build proposal, including models and renderings, plans, a project management program and work schedule, technical specifications, and a final budget to meet the guaranteed maximum price of the building. Each team ultimately received a $100,000 honorarium to defray the costs of preparing its submission.

On May 9, 1988 these five teams submitted their proposals to the eleven-member jury* appointed by Mayor Washington the previous November. The jury was charged with selecting the winning design; if the city chose to reject the jury's recommendation the city would have to pay that team a $300,000 cash prize and could then select another architect (not one of the five finalists) and bid the construction in the traditional manner.

While the jury deliberated, the models, renderings and plans were exhibited at the library's Cultural Center. Public comment was sought and conveyed to the jury. The five finalists also had the opportunity to present their designs at the Design/Build Public Forum sponsored by the Friends of The Chicago Public Library. The jury interviewed the five finalists June 16-17, and its selection of the Sebus Group was ratified by the library's Board of Directors on June 20, 1988.

The ground-breaking ceremony took place October 13, 1988. The Harold Washington Library Center (named after the late Mayor) was dedicated October 4, 1991.

*Design/build: This process requires an architect to prepare the design documents and a contractor to prepare the construction documents and budget. It often includes an extensive consortium of engineers and special consultants. In this particular competition, a developer was to assume the responsibilities of the client, overseeing the design and construction phases of the building in compliance with the library's program and budget.

*Jury: The eleven members included five representatives of the Chicago business community, a New York architect, a library director from the District of Columbia, two architectural historians (one from the Chicago area), one member of the Chicago Public Library Board of Directors, and a Chicago academician.

BRIEF CHRONOLOGY

Oct. 16, 1987. RFQ applications available to interested firms.

Nov. 30, 1987. Deadline for receipt of completed RFQ applications.

Dec., 1987-Jan., 1988. Technical Review Committee evaluated the RFQs and brought to the jury questions needing further clarification. Teams responded by January 8.

Jan. 14, 1988. Announcement of five finalist teams.

May 9, 1988. Detailed design/build proposals submitted by the five teams.

May, 1988. Technical Review Committee evaluated the design/build proposals and brought to the jury questions needing clarification. Teams responded by May 27.

May 15-20, 1988. Models and drawings of the five entries were exhibited at the Library's Cultural Center.

June 16-17, 1988. Jury interviewed the five teams.

June 20, 1988. Library's Board of Directors ratified the jury's selection of The Sebus Group.

Oct. 13, 1988. Ground-breaking ceremony.

Oct. 4, 1991. Dedication of the Harold Washington Library Center.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
This collection is comprised of the guidelines and program documents published for the competition; the RFQs (Request for Qualifications) and the design/build proposals from the entrants; and reports from the Technical Review Committee and the teams' responses. It does not contain jury meeting minutes, personal notes of Mrs. Pritzker, or media clippings documenting the press coverage of the competition process.

ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT:
Materials are arranged by subject in roughly chronological order; within each subject items are arranged alphabetically or chronologically.

CONTROLLED ACCESS POINTS:
This collection and other related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs:
Theodore Stein Company
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Legoretta Arquitectos
John Buck Company
Arthur Erickson Architects, Ltd.
VOA Associates, Incorporated
Lohan Associates
Murphy/Jahn (Firm)
Tishman Midwest Management Corp.
U.S. Equities Realty, Inc.
Hammond, Beeby, and Babka
Eisenman Robertson Architects

ABBREVIATIONS:
AbbreviationDefinition
BOX.FFBox #, Folder #
Flatf.flatfile
n.d.no date
Portf.Portfolio
OPOversize Portfolio
TLStyped letter, signed

PHYSICAL LOCATION:
The collection is housed in the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries' on-site stacks.

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS:
This collection may be used by qualified readers in the Reading Room of the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries at The Art Institute of Chicago. Collections maintained on-site are available for patron use without prior arrangement or appointment. Collections maintained on-site are available for patron use without prior arrangement or appointment. Collections maintained in off-site storage will be retrieved with advance notification; please consult the Archivist for the current retrieval schedule. For further information, consult http://www.artic.edu/aic/libraries/rbarchives/rbarchaccess.html

USER RESTRICTIONS:
The Art Institute of Chicago is providing access to the materials in the Libraries' collections solely for noncommercial educational and research purposes. The unauthorized use, including, but not limited to, publication of the materials without the prior written permission of the Art Institute is strictly prohibited. All inquiries regarding permission to publish should be submitted in writing to the Archivist, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago. In addition to permission from the Art Institute, permission of the copyright owner (if not the Art Institute) and/or any holder of other rights (such as publicity and/or privacy rights) may also be required for reproduction, publication, distribution, and other uses. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of any item and securing any necessary permissions rests with the persons desiring to publish the item. The Art Institute makes no warranties as to the accuracy of the materials or their fitness for a particular purpose.

PREFERRED CITATION:
Chicago Library Design Competition Records, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

PROCESSING INFORMATION:
The collection was processed by staff of the Ryerson and Burnham Archives in 1999. This finding aid was revised and expanded by Annemarie van Roessel in 2002 and Anna Feuer in 2014.

ACCRUALS:
New materials may be added to this collection on an irregular basis.

APPENDIX NOTE:
A list detailing the individual members of each design consortium is appended to the end of this finding aid, after the series lists.

ITEM INVENTORY:
LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS


GENERAL JURY DOCUMENTS:
Box.FF 1.1
Press releases
07/1987-05/20/1988 12
Box.FF 1.2
Briefing book
07/1987 3
Box.FF 1.3
Request for Qualifications.
10/1987 1
Flatf. 14
Poster advertising Request for Qualification.
10/1987 1
Box.FF 1.4
Juror's briefing book.
12/1987 1
Box.FF 1.4
Revised schedule for jurors.
02/16/1988 1
Box.FF 1.4
Agenda for Policy Review Committee.
03/02/1988 1
Box.FF 1.4
Memorandum from Edward C. Wundram concerning private or public meetings of jury and competition participants.
06/02/1988 1

STATEMENTS OF QUALIFICATIONS:
Box 2
Austin Amistad Group, Eisenman Robertson.
12/07/1987 1
Box 2
The John Buck Company
12/07/1987 1
Box 3
Library '88 Partnership
12/07/1987 1
Box 3
Metropolitan-Lohan
11/30/1987 1
Box 4
Paschen-Tishman-Jahn
12/07/1987 1
Box 5
The Sebus Group
12/07/1987 1
Box 6
Central Library Building Program, vol. I.
12/07/1987 1
Box 7
Central Library Building Program, vol. II.
12/07/1987 1
Box 8
Competition Program.
01/25/1988 1

PROGRAM DRAFTS AND ADDENDA:
Box.FF 9.5
"Building program for the new Chicago Public Library," prepared by Aaron Cohen Associates.
11/15/1987 1
Box.FF 9.5a
"Urban design program for the new Chicago Public Library Building."
12/23/1987 1
Box.FF 9.6
"Building program," draft.
12/23/1987 1
Box.FF 9.7
Competition program addendum 1.
02/04/1988 1
Box.FF 9.8
Competition program addendum 2.
02/23/1988 1
Box.FF 9.9
Competition program addendum 3.
03/18/1988 1
Box.FF 9.10
Competition program addendum 4.
03/28/1988 1
Box.FF 9.11
Competition program addendum 5.
04/26/1988 1
Box.FF 9.12
Competition program addendum 6.
05/02/1988 1
Box.FF 9.13
Selection criteria-alternative versions.
n.d. 3

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF TEAM QUALIFICATIONS AND CLARIFICATIONS OF TEAM QUALIFICATIONS:
GENERAL DOCUMENTS
Box.FF 10.14
"Building program for the new Chicago Public Library," prepared by Aaron Cohen Associates.
11/15/1987 1
AUSTIN AMISTAD
Box.FF 10.15
Request for clarifications.
01/06/1988 1
Box.FF 10.15
Grant G. McCullough to Leroy Bannister, removing the team from the design competition.
01/07/1988 1
THE JOHN BUCK COMPANY
Box.FF 10.16
Request for clarifications.
01/06/1988 1
Box.FF 10.16
John A. Buck II to Leroy Bannister.
TLS. Offering clarifications.
01/08/1988 1
Box.FF 10.16
Manuscript notes on Buck Company interview.
n.d. 1
LIBRARY '88 PARTNERSHIP
Box.FF 10.17
Request for clarifications.
01/06/1988 1
Box.FF 10.17
Julia Stasch to Leroy Bannister, offering clarifications.
Cover letter with accompanying brochure.
01/08/1988 1
Box.FF 10.17
Manuscript notes on Library '88 Partnership interview.
n.d. 1
METROPOLITAN-LOHAN
Box.FF 10.18
Request for clarifications.
01/06/1988 1
Box.FF 10.18
Harold Jensen and Dirk Lohan to Leroy Bannister.
TLS. Offering clarifications; with attachments including organization chart, interior design methodology, team resumes from Cosentini Associates, resume of Roger Associates, resume of Roger McFarland (Lohan Associates), promotional brochure on Lohan Associates Interiors, promotional brochure on Eva Maddox Associates, Inc.
01/08/1988 7
Box.FF 10.18
Manuscript notes on Metropolitan Lohan interview.
n.d. 1
PASCHEN-TISHMAN-JAHN
Box.FF 10.19
Request for clarifications.
01/06/1988 1
Box.FF 10.19
Henry D. Paschen to Leroy Bannister.
TLS photocopy. Offering clarifications, with team organization chart.
01/07/1988 2
Box.FF 10.19
Manuscript notes.
Regarding Paschen-Tishman-Jahn interview.
n.d. 1
THE SEBUS GROUP
Box.FF 10.20
Request for clarifications.
01/06/1988 1
Box.FF 10.20
Robert A. Wislow to Leroy Bannister.
TLS photocopy. Offering clarifications, with team organization chart.
01/08/1988 2
Box.FF 10.20
Brief resumes of key personnel.
Typescript.
n.d. 1

DESIGN/BUILD PROPOSALS:
THE JOHN BUCK COMPANY
Box 11
Proposal
05/09/1988 1
Box 12
Technical specifications and narrative.
05/09/1988 1
OP 1
Drawings
05/09/1988 1
LIBRARY '88 PARTNERSHIP
Box 13
Vol. I, Narrative Documents.
05/09/1988 1
Box 14
Vol.II, Performance Specifications.
05/09/1988 1
Box 15
Appendix
05/09/1988 1
Portf. 2
Drawings
05/09/1988 1
Box 16
"The Library Book."
Brochure.
n.d. 1
Box 16
Images in slide presentation with images of model.
Photocopies.
n.d. 1
METROPOLITAN-LOHAN
Box 17
Proposal
05/09/1988 1
Box 17
Agenda for interview, with photographs and project description.
06/16/1988 1
Portf. 3
Drawings
05/09/1988 1
PASCHEN-TISHMAN-JAHN
Box 18, 19
Proposal. Two volumes in four parts.
05/09/1988 2
OP 4
Drawings.
05/09/1988 1
Flatf. 14
Poster presenting design details.
05/1988 1
THE SEBUS GROUP
Box 20
Proposal. Two volumes in four parts.
05/09/1988 2
OP 5
Drawings
05/09/1988 1
Box 21
Agenda for interview and resumes of principals.
06/17/1988 1

TECHNICAL REVIEW OF PROPOSALS AND CLARIFICATIONS:
GENERAL DOCUMENTS
Box.FF 22.21
Memorandum from Edward C. Wundram to entrants regarding request for clarifications.
05/20/1988 1
THE JOHN BUCK COMPANY
Box.FF 22.22
Technical questions requiring clarification.
[05/20/1988] 1
Box.FF 22.22
Responses to technical review questions.
05/27/1988 1
LIBRARY '88 PARTNERSHIP
Box.FF 22.23
Technical questions requiring clarification.
[05/20/1988] 1
Box.FF 22.22
Responses to technical review questions.
05/27/1988 1
METROPOLITAN-LOHAN
Box.FF 22.24
Technical questions requiring clarification.
[05/20/1988] 1
Box.FF 22.24
Responses to technical review questions.
05/27/1988 1
PASCHEN-TISHMAN-JAHN
Box.FF 22.25
Technical questions requiring clarification.
[05/20/1988] 1
Box.FF 22.25
Responses to technical review questions.
05/27/1988 1
THE SEBUS GROUP
Box.FF 22.26
Technical questions requiring clarification.
[05/20/1988] 1
Box.FF 22.26
Responses to technical review questions.
05/27/1988 1

RESPONSES TO ENERGY SYSTEM EVALUATION:
Box.FF 22.27
The John Buck Company
06/06/1988 1
Box.FF 22.27
Library '88 Partnership
06/06/1988 1
Box.FF 22.27
Metropolitan-Lohan
06/06/1988 1
Box.FF 22.27
Paschen-Tishman-Jahn (The Library Team, Inc.)
06/06/1988 1
Box.FF 22.27
The Sebus Group
06/06/1988 1
Box.FF 22.27
Evaluation sorted by total net present worth value.
06/09/1988 1
Box.FF 22.27
Construction value matrix prepared by Heery.
06/09/1988 1

MISCELLANEOUS RESPONSES TO REQUESTS FOR CLARIFICATION:
Box.FF 22.28
The John Buck Company.
Regarding HVAC issues, project management, and program.
06/17/1988 1
Box.FF 22.28
Metropolitan-Lohan.
Regarding partnership structure, anti-apartheid affidavits, and space program.
06/17/1988 1
Box.FF 22.28
Paschen-Tisman-Jahn.
Regarding MBE/WBE goals and project schedule.
06/17/1988 1
Box.FF 22.28
The Sebus Group.
Regarding accessibility, payment, interior construction, and energy costs.
06/17/1988 1
Box 23
Technical Review Committee report to the jury.
Regarding accessibility, payment, interior construction, and energy costs.
[06/1988] 1

PROJECT DESCRIPTIONS AND PHOTOGRAPHS RELEASED TO THE PRESS:
HAMMOND, BEEBY, & BABKA
Box.FF 24.28A
Model views
Black and white, color photographic prints.
1988 2
Box.FF 24.28A
Rendering
Color photographic print.
1988 1
THE JOHN BUCK COMPANY
Box.FF 24.29
Project description
n.d. 1
Box.FF 24.29
Model views
Black and white photographic prints.
n.d. 2
Box.FF 24.29
Renderings
Black and white photographic prints.
n.d. 2
Box.FF 24.29
Site plan
Black and white photographic print.
n.d. 1
LIBRARY '88 PARTNERSHIP
Box.FF 24.30
Project description
n.d. 1
Box.FF 24.30
Model views
Black and white photographic prints.
n.d. 2
Box.FF 24.30
Renderings
Black and white photographic prints.
n.d. 2
Box.FF 24.30
Site plan
Black and white photographic print.
n.d. 1
METROPOLITAN-LOHAN
Box.FF 24.31
Project description
n.d. 1
Box.FF 24.31
Model views
Black and white photographic prints.
n.d. 2
Box.FF 24.31
Renderings
Black and white photographic prints.
n.d. 3
Box.FF 24.31
Site plan
Black and white photographic print.
n.d. 1
MURPHY/JAHN ASSOCIATES
Box.FF 24.31A
Model views
Color photographic prints.
1988 2
PASCHEN-TISHMAN-JAHN
Box.FF 24.32
Project description
n.d. 1
Box.FF 24.32
Renderings
Black and white photographic prints.
n.d. 4
Box.FF 24.32
Site plan
Black and white photographic print.
n.d. 1
Flatf. 14
Poster presenting design details and description of The Chicago Library Team, Inc.
n.d. 1
THE SEBUS GROUP
Box.FF 24.33
Project description
n.d. 1
Box.FF 24.33
Renderings
Black and white photographic prints.
n.d. 4
Box.FF 24.33
Site plan
Black and white photographic print.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 24.33
Press kit, prepared by Hill and Knowlton.
05/15/1988 1
Box.FF 24.33
Transcription of interview with M.V. Long, library design consultant.
[06/19880 1
SKIDMORE, OWINGS & MERRILL
Box.FF 24.33A
Model view
Color photographic print.
n.d. 1

PUBLIC COMMENTS:
Box.FF 24.34
Compilation of public comments offered at exhibition of proposals, with memo from Wundram.
06/06/1988 1
Box.FF 24.34
Larry Smith to Elizabeth Hollander.
TLS photocopy.
05/24/1988 1
Box.FF 24.34
Sara G. Bode, President of Greater State Street Council, to Norman Ross.
TLS photocopy.
06/10/1988 1
Box.FF 24.34
Roberta Deering, President of Friends of Downtown, to Norman Ross.
TLS photocopy.
06/10/1988 1
Box.FF 24.34
George Allen Taylor to Cindy Pritzker.
TLS photocopy, with attached proposal for a "Culture Court" mural.
06/15/1988 2
Box.FF 24.34
South Loop Neighbors Association, press release.
Includes endorsement.
06/15/1988 1
Box.FF 24.34
Eugene A. Tracy, Chairman of Peoples Gas, to Norman Ross.
TLS photocopy.
06/17/1988 1

NEWSPAPER AND MAGAZINE ARTICLES:
Box.FF 24.35
"Library competition loses only team from out-of-town," Crain's Chicago Business.
01/11/1988 1
Box.FF 24.35
"Library on the loose," Wadza.
04/01/1988 1
Box.FF 24.35
"A world class library," Illinois Libraries 71, no.8
10/1989 1
Box.FF 24.35
Design/Build Insight, [The Chicago Public Library.]
Spring 1988, Fall 1989, Spring 1989, Aut. 1989, Winter 1990 8

MISCELLANEOUS PUBLICATIONS:
Box.FF 24.37
1990 Klopteg Lecture, Northwestern University, given by Thomas Hall Beeby.
Brochure.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 24.38
Library Administration and Management Association, Building and Equipment Section: agenda for presentation on new libraries for Chicago and Los Angeles; with set of floor plans as handout.
Brochure.
06/24/1990 1


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