The Obama Foundation has announced that Lakeside Alliance will serve as the construction manager for the new Obama Presidential Center.
The Alliance is a newly-created joint venture consisting of several African-American owned construction firms from Chicago, and the Foundation hopes that the selection will result in more jobs and opportunities for minority-owned businesses.
The venture will feature the Presidential Partners consortium, which consists of Powers & Sons Construction, UJAMAA Construction, Brown & Momen, and Safeway Construction. They will partner up with Turner Construction Company on the project.
“The Obama Foundation believes in creating opportunities for diverse and local businesses and building pathways to meaningful jobs for minorities and other underrepresented populations,” Obama Foundation CEO David Simas said in a statement. “We look forward to working with Lakeside Alliance to achieve our goals, set new benchmarks, and make the Obama Presidential Center a landmark that our neighbors can be proud of.”
The foundation hopes that the center, which will be located on the city’s South Side, will have a groundbreaking ceremony by the end of 2018, with an anticipated completion date of 2021.