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Be part of history: a place to build better future for members, children :

July 19, 2017

Construction on the AAP Headquarters of the Future is well underway, replacing an outdated facility with a home that will support current and future generations of pediatricians in their efforts to advance the health and well-being of children everywhere.

As the late fall completion date approaches, the Academy, through its For Our Future campaign, is inviting members to be a part of making history in the fast-changing landscape of pediatric medicine.

The space we need for our future

Conveniently located 10 miles from O’Hare International Airport in Itasca, Ill., the new pediatric home is designed to support the Academy’s growth and members’ evolving needs. Among the new features are:

  • additional meeting and training rooms;
  • web-based conferencing; and
  • a reduced carbon footprint, ensuring sustainability.

The new AAP headquarters will have the space needed for the many activities and programs managed today and will accommodate future needs. The new building will be 183,000 square feet, up from 130,000 in the current building, with meeting space increasing from 23 to 81 rooms. Most of the second floor will be dedicated to meeting space that will accommodate small and large gatherings.

Technology for tomorrow’s professionals

The new home for pediatrics will not just be a physical space — it also will be a virtual home, utilizing state-of-the-art audiovisual and connectivity technology that tomorrow's world requires and tomorrow's professionals need.

A pediatrician at her child’s soccer match will be able to seamlessly join a meeting 1,000 miles away. A busy resident will be able to access continuing medical education materials on-demand. And technology will coordinate doctors and leaders across the country to respond to an emerging health crisis.

Sustainable design for a healthier world

The new headquarters will reflect our commitment to a healthier world for children, while lowering energy costs so we can devote more funds to the programs and activities that make the biggest difference.

The five-story building will feature a reflective roof, extensive daylighting and LED lighting; a high-efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning system; and native plantings.

“Our vision for this project has always been quite simple: to create a place that enables our mission,” said AAP CEO and Executive Vice President Karen Remley, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H., FAAP. “The campaign For Our Future supports our work on the highest level, across all our profession and our communities, at every state of our careers. We work for every child’s future, and we need a headquarters that works for us.”

History-making opportunities

The Academy is now more than a quarter of the way toward reaching its fundraising goal of $4 million, thanks to members and groups who have made a gift to the campaign.

There are several ways to support the campaign on behalf of a group, such as a section, or through personal philanthropy. A single gift of $10,000 or more will be recognized in the member lounge. Pooled gifts can be used to name a space, and those pooled gifts also will be recognized in the member lounge as well as in the selected space. There are more than 40 rooms and spaces that can be named starting with gifts of $50,000 that can be payable over five years.

To explore available options, email Christine Bork, AAP chief development officer, senior vice president, at or Courtney Shupryt, strategic gifts officer and campaign manager, at        

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