Category Archives: Expansion

Steppenwolf Theatre Begins Expansion

CHICAGO (AP) — The world-renowned Steppenwolf Theatre Co. has broken ground on a multiyear expansion of its campus in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.

One of the nation’s premier ensemble theaters moved forward this month with a theater building to open in 2021. It will be 50,000 square feet (4,600 square meters) and include a 400-seat in-the-round theater only six rows deep.

A new 400-seat theater-in-the round will be added to the Steppenwolf Theatre campus. (Credit: Steppenwolf)

It will have a dedicated education floor. Officials say that will triple the theater’s space devoted to its education work.

RELATED: Steppenwolf Theatre To Expand Lincoln Park Campus With New Theater-In-The-Round

Complementing the theater core will be a two-story atrium lobby, a wine bar and a sidewalk lounge. It is designed by Gordon Gill of Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architecture and the London-based theater-design team Charcoalblue.

Rendering of Steppenwolf Theatre’s new in-the-round facility, to be built south of the existing theater campus. (Credit: Steppenwolf)

Steppenwolf has won a series of Tony Awards and The National Medal of Arts.

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Chicago-Based ActiveCampaign Plans Expansion In Indianapolis

(AP) — A Chicago-based company that offers marketing and sales automation for businesses says it plans to expand its Indiana workforce to help meet increasing demand worldwide.

Officials announced that ActiveCampaign plans to add more than 200 employees at its Indianapolis office, which opened in January.

The company plans to invest more than $10 million in Indianapolis in the coming years. It currently has about 400 employees in Chicago, Indianapolis and Sydney, Australia.

Jason VandeBoom, founder and CEO of ActiveCampaign, says in a statement the new workers will help “scale the ActiveCampaign platform to continue to give small businesses the tools they need to create great experiences for their customers.”

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. is expected to offer the company up to $6.2 million in conditional tax credits.

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Google To Invest $13 Billion In New Offices, Data Centers Across U.S.

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF/AP) — Google will invest more than $13 billion in building data centers and offices across the U.S in 2019, the company announced Wednesday.

The Mountain View, California-based company emphasized its new locations in the Midwest and South in a blog post announcing the investment.

Map of Google’s 2019 Offices and Data Centers (Source: Google Blog Post by CEO Sundar Pichai)

In the blog post, CEO Sundar Pichai said, “Our expansion across the U.S. has been crucial to finding great new talent, improving the services that people use every day, and investing in our business.”

Analyst Scott Kessler of CFRA Research said an increased presence in non-coastal parts of the country might help the company curry favor with federal legislators and officials.

Congress has paid more attention to Google and other big tech companies in the past year; several lawmakers have introduced privacy bills that would regulate the companies.

Google is also expanding along the coasts, including in Seattle, the San Francisco Bay Area and New York.


The company will have a physical presence in 24 states by the end of the year.

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Debate Over Planned Expansion At Palo Alto Private School Turns Ugly

PALO ALTO (KPIX 5) — A neighborhood in Palo Alto bitterly divided over the expansion of a private school has people on both sides accusing the other of stealing or vandalizing yard signs.

And the accusers have the video to prove it.

One video posted to YouTube shows several incidents of stealing or vandalizing yard signs over the past few years.

It shows yard signs with the message “Stop Castilleja Expansion” being removed and thrown into the street. The videos have been collected since 2017, but are only being released now.

“I wanted to show there are two sides of the story,” said Nelson Ng, a neighbor who uploaded the videos taken from surveillance cameras.

Ng says he posted the videos after Castilleja school officials took out a restraining order on one of his neighbors, accusing the man of vandalizing and removing signs supporting Castilleja’s expansion plans.

“Things have gotten a little weird,” said Andy Protter who commutes by bicycle through the neighborhood.

Castilleja is a private all-girls school that is over 100 years old. School officials want to modernize the six-acre campus and expand the student body by 100 students over four years.

“We think it is now more important than ever to offer the opportunity to more young women. We have far more demand than we have spots,” said school spokesperson Lorraine Brown.

But neighbors are concerned about parking and traffic becoming worse. Many are especially concerned about the impact of a planned underground parking garage.

“We would like for them to remain within the confines of their user permit, which they have not historically done. So we’re standing up for our rights,” said neighbor Andie Reed.

The issue has seemingly divided the neighborhood with dueling signs and accusations of mischief on both sides.

“You could see we have ‘We Support Castilleja’ signs. Our signs have been stolen or thrown in the street 12 to 15 times,” said neighbor Mathew McIntyre, who lives down the street from the school.

Palo Alto’s draft environmental impact report on the expansion plan is due to be made public in the next few weeks.

The issue will eventually be voted on by the Palo Alto City Council.