Since I keep posting this information in the wrong part of SSP, hopefully third time's a charm.
In the State of the University address presented on January 28, 2009, Dr. Charles Middleton, President of Roosevelt University, provided some information regarding the University's plans to construct a highrise tower primarily for student housing on the site of the Herman Crown Center
(located on the east side of Wabash between Van Buren & Congress).
In the power point presentation that was used, two renderings were provided to give somewhat of an idea of what to expect in the coming years. Dr. Middleton referred to the building as, "an expression of our continuing success and a public statement about where the University is and where it's going, and of future excellence to come."
I've included a link to where the video is located on the RU website, however it cuts off before he concludes his speech. The information regarding the highrise is near the end of the video. I remember him providing further details about the building, though unfortunately that commentary is beyond where the video ends. I seem to remember him commenting that this will be a LEED certified
building. He noted that education infrastructure is an element that the new Obama administration is keenly interested in providing assistance to, and as a result it's possible the University may be able to receive some financial assistance. He also commented about the construction timeline, indicating that the building is basically ready to go once the Board of Trustees makes the final vote in June. I do know the building is somewhere between 400 - 500 ft, though I'm not sure on the number of floors.
Here's a link to the RU President's page
with the State of the University video & power point presentation.
The two renderings below are taken directly from the power point presentation.
(View from Grant Park - it's the tallest building between the red CNA tower and the Sears Tower)
(View from the El on Wabash Avenue heading southbound toward Roosevelt Road)
And here's the timeline
that was presented in the power point presentation:
January 2009: Design/Development documents 100% complete
February 2009: Application filed with Dept. of Planning and Development
February 2009: General contractor identified for main project
Spring 2009: Periodic meetings with community and landmark groups
Spring 2009: Demolition of Herman Crown Center begins
Summer 2009: Demolition to be completed
May 2009: Construction drawings 90% complete
May - June 2009: Ordinance published
June 2009: Board of Trustees deliberation
August 2009: Ground-breaking
June 2011: Substantial completion
August 2011: Occupancy for teh 2011/12 AY