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The Barack Obama Foundation Receives 140 Responses to its Request for Qualifications

September 18, 2015 at 2:18 PM CDT

Chicago, IL – Today, The Barack Obama Foundation announced that 140 architecture firms submitted responses to The Foundation’s Request for Qualifications, marking the next step in the process to build the future Obama Presidential Center on Chicago’s South Side.

The majority of the submissions – which were due by 5 p.m. Central Time on September 16, 2015 – came from American design firms, many of which are based in Chicago.

“We are pleased to see such a high level of interest in the design of the Obama Presidential Center from so many highly-qualified architecture firms,” said The Obama Foundation Chairman Martin Nesbitt. “This Center will be the headquarters for the post-presidential activities of President Obama, and we are looking forward to thoughtfully reviewing each firm’s submission.”

A few facts about the 140 submissions received by The Foundation:

99 of the responses came from United States-based firms Submissions represent 25 countries and 60 cities

After The Foundation and its advisors complete their review, the President and First Lady will select the firms to participate in a Request for Proposal (RFP) phase. The RFP will be distributed to a smaller pool of applicant firms at a later date.

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