- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 30, 2016

The foundation that is building President Obama’s presidential library announced the selection Thursday of two architectural and design firms to lead the project in Chicago.

The Obama Foundation said it has chosen the team of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects of New York and Interactive Design Architects of Chicago to lead the effort to design the Obama Presidential Center on Chicago’s south side. They were chosen from seven finalists.

The Center will include a library holding the presidential archives, and a museum focusing on Mr. Obama’s presidency and issues of the era, the foundation said.

Two sites on Chicago’s south side are under consideration. The project, which could cost up to $500 million, is believed to be relatively slow in the fundraising stage. The Center is expected to be completed by 2020 or 2021.

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