Chicago — Roosevelt University has broken ground for its new 32-story tower at 425 S. Wabash Ave. in Chicago’s South Loop. Designed by Chicago-based VOA Architects, the tower will be the second tallest educational facility in the country. The facility will feature classrooms, lecture halls, state-of-the-art science labs, conference rooms, a dining center, a student recreation center, residences for more than 600 students, offices and space for the Walter E. Heller College of Business Administration. Seeking LEED certification, the project will feature a green roof, recycled and sustainable building materials, energy and water efficiencies and attention to indoor environmental quality. The $118 million project is being managed by the John Buck Company and constructed by Power Construction.
— Amy Bigley