Pei Cobb Freed & Partners designed the building. The firm is known for several projects, including the East Wing of the National Gallery, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Louvre Pyramid. Philadelphia-based Ballinger also served as architect.
Seventy million dollars of the budget is provided by state funds. The rest consists of university and private funds.
The 200,000-square-foot building will stand 12 stories tall.