Roosevelt University Academic, Student Life Residence Center
Chicago United States
Height 143 m / 469 ft
Floors 32
Official Name

The current legal building name.

Roosevelt University Academic, Student Life Residence Center
Other Names

Other names the building has commonly been known as, including former names, common informal names, local names, etc.

Roosevelt Tower, Wabash Building, Roosevelt University Tower, Wabash Tower
Type

CTBUH collects data on two major types of tall structures: 'Buildings' and 'Telecommunications / Observation Towers.' A 'Building' is a structure where at least 50% of the height is occupied by usable floor area. A 'Telecommunications / Observation Tower' is a structure where less than 50% of the structure's height is occupied by usable floor area. Only 'Buildings' are eligible for the CTBUH 'Tallest Buildings' lists.

Building
Status
Completed
Architecturally Topped Out
Structurally Topped Out
Under Construction
Proposed
On Hold
Never Completed
Vision
Competition Entry
Canceled
Proposed Renovation
Under Renovation
Renovated
Under Demolition
Demolished
Completed, 2012
Country

The CTBUH follows the United Nations's definition of Country, and thus uses the lists and codes established by that organization.

City

The CTBUH follows the United Nations's definition of City, and thus uses the lists and codes established by that organization.

Postal Code
60605
Function

A single-function tall building is defined as one where 85% or more of its usable floor area is dedicated to a single usage. Thus a building with 90% office floor area would be said to be an "office" building, irrespective of other minor functions it may also contain.

A mixed-use tall building contains two or more functions (or uses), where each of the functions occupy a significant proportion of the tower's total space. Support areas such as car parks and mechanical plant space do not constitute mixed-use functions. Functions are denoted on CTBUH "Tallest Building" lists in descending order, e.g., "hotel/office" indicates hotel function above office function.

residential / education / office
Structural Material

Steel
Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning systems are constructed from steel. Note that a building of steel construction with a floor system of concrete planks or concrete slab on top of steel beams is still considered a “steel” structure as the concrete elements are not acting as the primary structure.

Reinforced Concrete
Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning systems are constructed from concrete which has been cast in place and utilizes steel reinforcement bars.

Precast Concrete
Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning system are constructed from steel reinforced concrete which has been precast as individual components and assembled together on-site.

Mixed-Structure
Utilizes distinct systems (e.g. steel, concrete, timber), one on top of the other. For example, a steel/concrete indicates a steel structural system located on top of a concrete structural system, with the opposite true of concrete/steel.

Composite
A combination of materials (e.g. steel, concrete, timber) are used together in the main structural elements. Examples include buildings which utilize: steel columns with a floor system of reinforced concrete beams; a steel frame system with a concrete core; concrete-encased steel columns; concrete-filled steel tubes; etc. Where known, the CTBUH database breaks out the materials used in a composite building’s core, columns, and floor spanning separately.

steel/concrete
LEED Gold
Height

Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the architectural top of the building, including spires, but not including antennae, signage, flag poles or other functional-technical equipment. This measurement is the most widely utilized and is employed to define the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) rankings of the "World's Tallest Buildings."

Architectural
143 m / 469 ft
To Tip
143 m / 469 ft
Occupied
129.8 m / 426 ft
Floors Above Ground

The number of floors above ground should include the ground floor level and be the number of main floors above ground, including any significant mezzanine floors and major mechanical plant floors. Mechanical mezzanines should not be included if they have a significantly smaller floor area than the major floors below. Similarly, mechanical penthouses or plant rooms protruding above the general roof area should not be counted. Note: CTBUH floor counts may differ from published accounts, as it is common in some regions of the world for certain floor levels not to be included (e.g., the level 4, 14, 24, etc. in Hong Kong).

32
Floors Below Ground

The number of floors below ground should include all major floors located below the ground floor level.

1
# of Elevators

Number of Elevators refers to the total number of elevator cars (not shafts) contained within a particular building (including public, private and freight elevators).

10
Tower GFA

Tower GFA refers to the total gross floor area within the tower footprint, not including adjoining podiums, connected buildings or other towers within the development.

38,516 m² / 414,583 ft²
Construction Schedule
2008

Proposed

2010

Construction Start

2012

Completed

Owner
Roosevelt University
Architect
VOA Associates
Johnson & Lee Architects
Structural Engineer
MEP Engineer
WMA Consulting Engineers
Jones Lang LaSalle, Inc.
Power Construction Company

Elevator

CTBUH Initiatives

Tongji University Faculty and Students Visit Chicago


1 November 2013 - Building Tour

Young Professionals Student Workshop on Vertical University


4 February 2013 - Event

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Videos

04 February 2013 | Chicago

The Young Professionals organized a Student Workshop at IIT to cover the design and construction of Roosevelt Tower. The presentation was led by: Joe Dietz,...

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Research

01 February 2013

Christopher Groesbeck, VOA Associates

Multi-function universities in tall buildings are still a rarity, but they are growing more common as institutions look for efficient and cost-effective ways to serve...

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About Roosevelt University Academic, Student Life Residence Center

Roosevelt University has a long history in the city of Chicago, and has been housed in the iconic Auditorium Building (designed by native architects Sullivan and Adler) since 1947. The school has expanded over time and was in need of over 37,000 square meters of additional space, including student residences, academic classrooms, offices, a student union, and fitness/recreation space. A site adjacent to the Auditorium Building was chosen to take advantage of shared resources and access, but at only 1,677 square meters, the location required a high-rise solution.

The layout of the building with a complex program stacking was designed to create “neighborhoods” to foster the university community and provide opportunities for interaction. This was, in part, accomplished by offsetting the core to the north side of the building, which also allowed the structure to be cantilevered over the existing Auditorium Building foundations to reduce any impact on the historical structure.

04 February 2013 | Chicago

The Young Professionals organized a Student Workshop at IIT to cover the design and construction of Roosevelt Tower. The presentation was led by: Joe Dietz,...

21 September 2012 | Chicago

In the future, the University will need to consider vertical models to co-exist within their urban cores and create a living and working balance. With...

22 October 2009 | Chicago

The CTBUH named the Linked Hybrid building as the 2009 Best Tall Building Overall at the 8th Annual Awards Dinner, held at Crown Hall in...

01 February 2013

Christopher Groesbeck, VOA Associates

Multi-function universities in tall buildings are still a rarity, but they are growing more common as institutions look for efficient and cost-effective ways to serve...

19 September 2012

Christopher Groesbeck, VOA Associates; Jon DeVries & John McDonald, Roosevelt University; Ron Klemencic, MKA

In the future, the University will need to consider vertical models to co-exist within their urban cores and create a living and working balance. With...

15 December 2010

Richard Simpson, UNITE Group, Plc.

This past decade, “student skyscrapers” have re-emerged at or near university campuses and city centers. As such, the vertical dorm is making a comeback after...

1 November 2013

Tongji University Faculty and Students Visit Chicago

“Towards Zero Carbon,” a collaborative design studio between Tongji University, CTBUH and the Illinois Institute of Technology, made a week-long visit to Chicago in November.

4 February 2013

Young Professionals Student Workshop on Vertical University

The Young Professionals Committee hosted a student workshop at the Illinois Institute of Technology on Roosevelt Tower.

18 October 2012

Young Professionals Hosts Meeting at the 2012 Awards Symposium

Exactly one year after its establishment the CTBUH Young Professionals Committee gathered at the Awards Symposium on October 18 at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

11 October 2012

CTBUH Supports IIT on Successful Research Grant

The National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance, (NCIIA) has awarded a grant to the Illinois Institute of Technology.

9 May 2012

Inside the Roosevelt

Four days after the official opening of Roosevelt University’s new tower, guests of the CTBUH’s Young Professionals Committee were treated to a tour of the newest addition to the Chicago skyline.

16 December 2011

Roosevelt University: Auditorium Building and New Vertical Campus Tower Tour

The CTBUH staff observed history being made as Chicago’s past meets Chicago’s future in the two Roosevelt University buildings.