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Buildings for the Future

It's all about efficiency

Society of Environmentally Responsible Facilities

Roosevelt University’s existing and new buildings are held to internationally-recognized LEED™ standards which are superior to those established by local Chicago and suburban building codes.

Two campus buildings are LEED certified in downtown Chicago near Michigan Avenue and Millennium Park: a new Wabash “vertical campus” earned LEED gold and the new Goodman Center Fieldhouse earned LEED silver.

A new standard called SERF, issued by the Society of Environmentally Responsible Facilities, provides a streamlined and accessible path to green building certification for existing buildings not covered by LEED. The Wabash building received SERF certification in 2013. The University will seek certification for all RU campus buildings in the coming months. Visit to learn about SERF certification or becoming a SERF Professional (SP).

LEED Gold: Wabash campusWabash Building

A 32-story state-of-the-art skyscraper, the ninth largest University building in the world, earned LEED gold LEED certification.

  • In 2013, 53.9% of power is generated by renewable sources campus-wide

  • "Daylighting" on three sides reduces energy use and improves learning, achievement and productivity

  • Occupancy sensors turn lights off when rooms are not in use

  • Heating and air conditioning systems perform 25% better than ASHRAE standards

  • Nearly 8,000 square feet of green roof on 5 floors reduces the City’s heat island effect and provides a rooftop vegetable garden used to feed residents

  • Advanced building recycling system on every floor automatically sorts trash and self-cleans

  • Food pulper system utilizes recycled water and reduces solid food waste by~ 80% and is composted and added to the soil at the Schaumburg campus community garden

  • Low-flow plumbing and aerators conserve water at about 20% below City of Chicago code 

  • Indoor bike parking provides for alternative transportation, safe storage, easy access and showers for riders

  • Mattresses are recycled by replacing pillow top covers and underlayment, reducing mattress waste to landfills

  • Construction:

    - more than 20% of materials contain recycled content and most were sourced within 500 miles from the University

    - all wood products were sourced from FSC which buys products only from foresters who replant trees which have been cut

    - façade built with "visual noise" to protect birds from building collisions

    - carpets made from 60% recycled plastic containers

  • Non-toxic , low VOC (volatile organic compound) materials were used to paint, adhere, seal and carpet the building, improving indoor air quality

LEED Silver: Goodman CenterGoodman Center Rendering

The Goodman Center, across the street from the Wabash building, seats 500 spectators and is 27,834 square feet.

  • 70% of power used is generated by renewable sources

  • Utilizes CFL lighting

  • 18% energy savings beyond those prescribed by ASHRAE

  • 30% reduction in potable water consumption

  • 3,500 square foot green roof with native plants