Roosevelt University Wabash Building

Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

The Wabash Expansion for Roosevelt University is a 32 story 432,000sqft vertical campus that is adjacent to their existing campus, and the landmark Auditorium Building, designed by Adler and Sullivan. The campus sits on a small midblock 17,500 SF site. The “Vertical Campus” is composed of connecting neighborhoods of student services, student union, academic and student residential that emphasize the “out of class” spaces vital to the university environment. The planning develops a “servant – served” spatial relationship through an offset core to the north that creates the long span necessary for academic spaces to the south. The served space is sheathed in glass and the servant space is precast concrete. Both express the quality of “gradation” used in the stonework of the Auditorium Building. The significant Sustainable decision was to expand on this small site with a diverse program unique for both University and Hi-rise construction. This LEED Gold expansion sustains the Auditorium Building and preserves the façade of the Fine Arts Annex. It connects the urban environment of Wabash Street with Burnham Park and Lake Michigan on the east, reasserting the expression of the Institution as a major premise of the Burnham Plan.

Architect of Record

VOA Associates Incorporated


Roosevelt University

General Contractor

Power Construction Company