Big Ten to build new HQ in Rosemont
July 16, 2012
By: Ryan Ori

The Big Ten Conference plans to build a new headquarters building in Rosemont that will include an interactive museum celebrating the 116-year-old sports league's past and present. ...

... “We don't just want glass cases with jerseys behind them,” said Big Ten Deputy Commissioner Brad Traviolia. “With all the foot traffic here, we have an opportunity to communicate directly with the public. It will be high-tech, highly interactive.”

The museum will be within a new three-story, 50,000-square-foot building on a 1½-acre site at 5440 Park Place. … 

The new offices will include a conference center that will host about 100 athletic and academic meetings annually. An officiating command center also will provide monitors and video feeds for evaluating the performance of game officials.

Rosemont officials negotiated a complex deal in which the village will transfer land worth about $1.7 million to the Big Ten and pay about $2.6 million to develop the building's ground floor, which will include a 10,000-square-foot Brazilian steakhouse, Fogo de Chao, and the shell of the 3,500-square-foot interactive museum. ...

The Big Ten will spend about $15 million to construct second-floor meeting space and third-floor offices for about 40 full-time employees, Mr. Traviolia said. ...

… The Big Ten considered expanding the 24,400-square-foot building it owns at 1500 W. Higgins Road in northwest suburban Park Ridge, said Robert Sevim, managing director in the Chicago office of New York-based tenant brokerage Studley Inc., who represented the conference in a two-year search of the O'Hare area. Studley Managing Director Jon Azulay also worked on the deal.

The league also considered leasing space in an office tower or buying another building or land to develop, said Mr. Sevim, a former Northwestern University tennis player. Studley has begun seeking a buyer for the Park Ridge building.

The Big Ten targeted the O'Hare area because of its easy access to the airport, hotels and restaurants, a plus for employees of member universities traveling in for meetings, Mr. Traviolia said. …

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