Roosevelt University's new Vertical Campus at 425 S. Wabash is roaring along, so Curbed thought to snag some updated construction shots. The VOA-designed, 32-story, blue glass building now has most of its skin and awaits interiors. The all-in-one campus centerpiece will allow RU to double its enrollment by 2017, according to projections, and will house student services, a cafeteria, offices, classrooms, and in the top 18 floors, dorms. Everything above the 12th floor will have unobstructed lake views, and the landmarked buildings at its feet (including RU's own national landmark Auditorium Building) will ensure it stays that way. The building's exterior is complete enough to make its full impact on the street and skyline, and there's no denying its brashness or allure as it whips into view on the 'L.' Among the finishing touches, the facade of the extinct 1924 Fine Arts Annex is being applied to the northern edge of the Wabash exposure, as the bookstore entrance. Also of note, the high-rise will join only a handful of local LEED-certified skyscrapers. Expect to see students buzzing in and out come April.
· Roosevelt University To Build 32-Story Vertical Campus [Roosevelt University]