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VOA Roosevelt Tower: High Rise University



Our cameras take you behind the scenes of the architect's office and the construction site of the Roosevelt Tower.

Chris Groesbeck, Jeff Hrubec, and Mike Siegel of VOA Associates walk us through the design process and give a glimpse into the new building.

In this video, hear how the architects organized a variety of functions in this mixed-use building, including classroom space, labs, offices, student housing, a cafeteria, and a rec center.

What influenced the appearance of this building? Learn about the offset core, the facade bump-outs and the glass patterning, as well as the connections to the adjacent Auditorium Building.


Learn more about this project from VOA Associates.

Learn more from Roosevelt University about their newest building.

Hear how the architects responded to this site and connected to the historic Auditorium Theater by Louis Sullivan. Learn how they treated the physical connections to the historic building, as well as visual and conceptual harmony with Roosevelt's Auditorium Theater.


A peek into the design process

Ever wonder how architects approach the design of a building? Take a look at some of the stages of the process: site analysis, program adjacency studies, and digital renderings. All images courtesty of VOA Associates.

Site Analysis of 425 S Wabash

Program Diagrams and Adjacency Studies

Digital Renderings of the Proposed Building


"Higher learning: Roosevelt's new tower adds sizzle to Chicago's skyline, but can it build a campus in the sky?" >
Chicago Tribune, Blair Kamin, April 25, 2012

"Higher Education: VOA's Tower for Roosevelt University Stands Tall Next to a Historic Neighbor" >
Chicago Architect
, Lee Bay, Jan/Feb 2012

"Roosevelt University's New Tower Taking Shape on the Skyline" >
Chicago Tribune, Blair Kamin, August 2, 2011

"Growing Upwards: Roosevelt's $118 Million Project to Break Ground this Spring" >
Chicago Journal
, Micah Maidenberg, January 13, 2010




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