Roosevelt University Wabash Building

Project Summary

  • 32 stories and 415,000 square feet
  • Space for academics, science, student life, and residential living
  • Preserved 5-story historic facade
  • LEED Gold certification

Project Summary

  • 32 stories and 415,000 square feet
  • Space for academics, science, student life, and residential living
  • Preserved 5-story historic facade
  • LEED Gold certification

Unique Challenges

  • Substructure Design

    Designed and installed a combination of caissons for 40-foot deep steel perimeter sheeting, grade beams, and underpinned foundations to accommodate the structural load, shallow water table, and adjacent timber grillage foundations.

  • Craning

    Given the site constraints and small floorplate, the 500-foot tall tower crane could not be integrated within the core. The most cost-effective solution located the crane 10 feet above grade and tied back to the concrete core using steel beams.

  • Urban Campus Environment

    The site was bordered by two occupied historic buildings, an elevated rail system built in the early 1900's, and two of Chicago’s busiest thoroughfares. As a result, construction access was limited to one street, requiring a strictly enforced, proactive logistics plan.

Roosevelt University Wabash Building

Client: Roosevelt University

The new 32-story Roosevelt University Campus integrates a residence hall, student center, and academic classrooms in a vertically-oriented structure in the heart of downtown Chicago.  The structural steel frame is supported by a post tension, cast-in-place concrete core supported by caissons. The unique enclosure features a high-performance curtainwall system on east and west elevations and architectural precast on the north and south elevations.

Before demolition and stabilization, Power worked with the neighboring properties to allow access throughout the stabilization process. Our team provided value engineering and re-sequenced the schedule in order to procure a historic façade permit, then managed façade work during the investigative survey, and provided site logistics plans to account for excessive pedestrian traffic and the building’s close proximity to the Chicago Transit Authority tracks.

A challenge of the project was the preservation of Roosevelt’s historic Fine Arts Annex terra cotta façade. Originally erected in 1924 to house auxiliary studios and heating equipment for the Fine Arts Building, the Annex was determined to be a registered historical landmark by The Chicago Commission on Landmarks and had to “remain standing and structurally intact” during construction.

A “strong back system” was used to secure the terra cotta façade. During the process, unstable terra cotta was removed, cataloged, and restored off site – all within 15 days, 27 days earlier than expected

Unique Challenges

  • Substructure Design

    Designed and installed a combination of caissons for 40-foot deep steel perimeter sheeting, grade beams, and underpinned foundations to accommodate the structural load, shallow water table, and adjacent timber grillage foundations.

  • Craning

    Given the site constraints and small floorplate, the 500-foot tall tower crane could not be integrated within the core. The most cost-effective solution located the crane 10 feet above grade and tied back to the concrete core using steel beams.

  • Urban Campus Environment

    The site was bordered by two occupied historic buildings, an elevated rail system built in the early 1900's, and two of Chicago’s busiest thoroughfares. As a result, construction access was limited to one street, requiring a strictly enforced, proactive logistics plan.

A Brand New Campus Builds on History

Project Highlights

The residence hall features 475 private rooms and apartment style suites on the top 19 floors designed to house more than 600 students.

The student center features a dining hall, fitness center, bookstore, conference center, and theater.

Its unique undulating curtainwall system was designed and coordinated utilizing 3D (BIM) technology.

The building is equipped with 5 elevators that travel at 700 fpm and 5 more that travel at 350 fps to maximize efficiency.

 

Floors 14 through 31 are devoted to residential living featuring 295 private rooms, 160 double occupancy rooms and 18 RA rooms; all with unobstructed views of Lake Michigan.
The 5-story historic façade was preserved, restored, and incorporated into the new west elevation.
The new structure connects with the historic Auditorium Theater building on 2 levels for student and faculty access.
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