Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
 YPC Holds Student Workshop on Vertical University

February 4, 2013

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CHICAGO - The Young Professionals Committee hosted a student workshop at the Illinois Institute of Technology on Roosevelt Tower, covering the architecture, structure and construction of the vertical university in downtown Chicago.

With more than 30 students in attendance, the multi-disciplinary presentation on Roosevelt Tower was led by members of the design and construction team, including: Joe Dietz, VOA Associates; Matthew Streid, MKA Associates; and Pete Huey, Power Construction.

Students watch as Pete Huey of Power Construction, discusses the construction considerations of the Roosevelt Tower.

Each speaker focused on the topics most relevant to their field of expertise, though at times the presentations intertwined, highlighting the collaborative effort behind the project. The project team's cohesion was evident throughout the presentation, making it clear that the success of the building was reliant upon a collaborative approach.

The students were presented with a detailed overview of the project and the architectural challenges of taking a traditionally horizontal program (classrooms, student housing, laboratories, dining facilities, etc.) and stacking it vertically. Construction and engineering elements were also covered, including a detailed analysis of the existing site conditions, and the challenges associated with building between two adjacent historic structures and remnants of previous building foundations, as well as the restrictions in the planning and sequencing of the building construction on a narrow urban site. In addition, the project was financed and planned before the worst of the economic recession, and was one of few large-scale projects in Chicago that was able to sustain itself during a tough economic period.

Students talk informally with presenters and committee members after the presentation.

After covering a myriad of topics related to the building, presenters took questions from students and then broke into more informal groups for questions and discussion. 

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View the full presentation here: