RU’s Wabash Building Earns International Honors

Last month RU’s Wabash Building, the LEED-Gold certified “vertical campus” that opened in the fall of 2012, won another major architectural/real estate award. This news release is reprinted from the Roosevelt public relations announcement on 8 June 2015.

Roosevelt's Wabash Building (background) and Auditorium Building (foreground); source: Roosevelt University

Roosevelt’s Wabash Building (background) and Auditorium Building (foreground); source: Roosevelt University

Roosevelt University’s Wabash Building in downtown Chicago has won the 2015 International Real Estate Federation’s World Gold Prix d’Excellence Award at its recent World Congress meeting held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

One of the highest honors given annually to outstanding projects in a variety of categories, the international award recognizes the Wabash Building in the Purpose Built category, specifically for supporting Roosevelt’s mission of social justice as a “learning-living laboratory for sustainability.”

Opened in 2012, the mixed-use 32-story Wabash Building at 425 S. Wabash Ave.,  previously had been selected as the best property in the United States in December 2014 when it received the International Real Estate Federation – U.S. Chapter Grand Prix of Real Estate Award, making the project eligible for its current international recognition.

“It’s a great honor to win an award of such international scope,” said Jon DeVries, director of Roosevelt’s Marshall Bennett Institute for Real Estate. “This award represents Roosevelt’s commitment to sustainable multi-use development in an urban setting and it gives the University strong international exposure to real estate leaders around the globe, introducing us widely to leaders in parts of Europe and Asia,” he said.

Paul Matthews, assistant vice president for campus planning and operations, said the award is another acknowledgement of the University’s commitment to sustainability. “The vertical campus concept in an urban setting is a benchmark that has translated into community action, educational opportunities and outreach to other universities and colleges on the importance of sustainability,” he said.

Designed by the architectural firm of VOA Associates in Chicago, Roosevelt’s Wabash Building has won a number of sustainability awards since its opening, including Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in Washington, D.C. in late 2012.

“We are very honored by this award,” said Christopher Groesbeck, VOA principal and lead architect of the Roosevelt project. “The Wabash Building presents a sustainable vision of the metropolitan university of the future, a hybrid that has global relevance. We greatly appreciate FIABCI’s recognition,” he said.

Ruth Kruger, president of the FIABCI-USA Chapter, accepted the World Gold Prix d’Excellence Award on May 30 in Kuala Lumpur on behalf of Roosevelt and VOA Associates. Since then, Roosevelt’s award-winning Wabash Building has been generating additional excitement and is on the radar for members of the FIABCI-USA Midwest Chapter’s Chicago Midwest Council.

“It’s been a great pleasure to partner with Roosevelt University and VOA Associates to bring this unique and sustainable building to the attention of the world,” said Ronald Sears, chair of the FIABCI-USA Chapter’s Chicago Midwest Council.

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