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Illinois Tech Adds First New Academic Building in 4 Decades

City officials gathered at Illinois Institute of Technology Thursday to open the first new academic building on the Illinois Tech campus in nearly 40 years. The 70,000-square-foot Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship contains prototyping and fabrication facilities, and serves as the new home for the university’s Institute of Design.

“The Kaplan Institute is joining a long list of academic institutions, data centers and technology-based co-working spaces in South Side neighborhoods, helping to grow this area as a thriving center for technology, innovation and entrepreneurship,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

The Institute is established in large part from a gift of $11 million from Ed Kaplan, a 1965 Illinois Tech alumnus and co-founder of Zebra Technologies. “Through the Kaplan Institute, Illinois Tech students, faculty and alumni will have all the resources they need to turn their concepts, ideas and problems into real solutions,” Kaplan said Thursday.

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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