Roosevelt University Academic, Student Life and Residence Center

Roosevelt University Academic, Student Life and Residence Center

Credit: Tom Rossiter Photography

The Wabash Building for Roosevelt University is a 32-story, 420,000-square-foot expansion adjacent and connected to both the existing campus and the landmark Auditorium Building designed by Adler and Sullivan. Located on a small 17,300-square-foot, mid-block site, the new tower expresses Roosevelt University’s mission, which is deeply rooted in the principles of Social Justice and the symbolic importance of the Institution, as the central expression of the Burnham Plan for Chicago.

The new “Vertical Campus” is composed of connecting neighborhoods of Student Services, Student Union, academic and student residential environments, which emphasize the “out of class” spaces vital to a University atmosphere. The building form expresses these spaces and represents the transformational nature of the university experience. The grandeur of the classrooms and assembly spaces, with their area and height that connect to views of the City and Burnham Park, create a vertical urban sense of place not typical of tall buildings.


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