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Moody Bible Institute prepares to break ground on new Wells Street media center

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The college’s upcoming 50,000-square-foot facility is designed by architecture firm Shive-Hattery

Chicago’s Moody Bible Institute—an anchor of the city’s Near North side—is preparing to break ground on a new four-story building on Wells Street. Dubbed the Chapman Center in honor of a donation from Moody alumnus and author Gary C. Chapman, the 50,000-square-foot structure would be located on the 800 block of N. Wells, replacing a lawn and footpath just west of Moody’s existing Sweeter Center. The building would serve as a media center, consolidating Moody Radio and Moody Publishers under the same roof.

According to Moody’s website, the building’s “distinctive, modern architectural design” reflects its role as a media facility. While the lone provided rendering certainly shows a modern-looking structure, the vision from architect Shive-Hattery pretty much blends in with other Moody buildings and does very little to engage Wells Street. Still in the fundraising phase, the $24 million project is aiming to break ground later this month with delivery expected in the spring of 2018.