One of the first big projects a president undertakes after leaving office is the building of his presidential library. President Obama’s is shaping up to be one of the most impressive.
The Obama Foundation, the organization responsible for building the library, just revealed the details of their plans. The Obama Center, as it will be called, will be located in Obama’s beloved Chicago. The former president has elected to build his library in the city’s South Side, where it will help to create jobs and revitalize the community.
The architecture is distinct and graceful, in perfect fitting with Barack and Michelle’s style:
In keeping with Obama’s early work as a community organizer, the Center will have classrooms, labs, and spacious outdoor areas where visitors and locals can gather. It will also give Chicago a big boost in tourism dollars.
The structures will also be meticulously constructed to preserve energy and water, with a stated goal of at least a LEED v4 Platinum rating, meaning one of the highest possible sustainability levels.
You’ll be able to visit the beautiful library campus when it completes construction in 2021. The estimated cost is $500 million.
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For a look at some of the previous presidential libraries, see below.
The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Center for Public Affairs
The Reagan Center is also famous for housing the late president’s Air Force One:
Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.