Roosevelt University Wabash Building
The Wabash Building for Roosevelt University, completed in 2012, is located adjacent and interconnected to Louis Sullivan’s landmark Auditorium Building on a small and complex 17,500 sf site on Wabash Street. This 32 story (465’, 420,000 sf) “Vertical University” includes a mix of functions including academic classrooms for general education, classrooms for the College of Business, laboratory spaces for the College of Sciences, offices for university administration and student services, student life and residential facilities, all of which complement and enhance the university’s existing facility in the Auditorium Building. By connecting carefully to the Auditorium Building, the Wabash Building completes a “campus,” and provides flexible and adaptable space to enhance evolving pedagogies and interdisciplinary engagement. The project provides critical infrastructure that serves both the university and the Auditorium Theater, and preserves the façade of the historic Fine Arts Annex. The building expands the university’s commitment to civic engagement by continuing their support of the community and stewardship of this cultural landmark.
Design Principal: Christopher Groesbeck / Architect-of-Record: VOA/Stantec