Last August, we brought you news of plans by Roosevelt University to build an athletic facility on a vacant lot at Congress and Wabash. Known as the Goodman Center, it was designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB). Ground broke on the project nearly a year ago, and we had a chance to stop by and check in on the progress. The steel skeleton is nearly topped out, and work is proceeding briskly in anticipation of its opening this fall. But from the looks of where construction currently stands, it's hard to imagine that happening. We'd prefer to see something taller and a bit more dense at this site, especially considering that it's a corner lot. But then again, it's always nice when one of the numerous surface lots in this area is filled in. The athletic center was made possible by a $3 million donation from the Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundation, for whom it was named. Stack this project alongside RU's newly christened Vertical Campus, and you've got a legitimate academic corridor firming up in this corner of The Loop.
·Roosevelt University To Build Athletic Center in South Loop [Curbed Chicago]