FIABCI World Gold Prix d’ Excellence

Roosevelt University Wabash Building wins 2015 International Real Estate Federation’s World Gold Prix d’Excellence Award

VOA Associates Incorporated is pleased to announce that Roosevelt University’s Wabash Building located in Chicago’s Loop received the 2015 International Real Estate Federation’s World Gold Prix d’Excellence Award at the organization’s recent World Congress meeting held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Ruth Kruger, president of the FIABCI-USA Chapter, accepted the World Gold Prix d’Excellence Award on May 30 on behalf of Roosevelt University and VOA Associates.

The international award recognizes the Wabash Building in the Purpose Built category. Judges recognized it 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 won the International Real Estate Federation – USA Chapter Grand Prix of Real Estate Award in December 2014, making it eligible for judging in the international competition.

The FIABCI Prix d’Excellence recognizes the project that best embodies excellence in all the real estate disciplines involved in its creation. The award winner illustrates concretely the FIABCI ideal of ‘providing society with the optimal solution to its property needs.’

Awarded by an international panel of real estate professionals and experts, the FIABCI Prix d’Excellence rewards overall merit which includes aesthetics, functionality and size. Mature projects are eligible.

The 61-year-old FIABCI (The International Real Estate Federation) represents the world’s real estate professions through its Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. With chapters in more than 60 countries, FIABCI represents every discipline in the industry and connects real estate professionals worldwide. Winners gain access to unique international platforms for their projects and companies throughout the extensive FIABCI network of more than 60 members’ countries and over 120 professional organizations worldwide.

“We are very honored by this award,” said Chris Groesbeck, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, 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.

“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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The mixed-use 32-story, 420,000 SF USGBC LEED Gold-certified ‘vertical campus’ at 425 S Wabash Avenue in Chicago combines five building types into a sleek and wavy glass façade. The Wabash Building stacks facilities that would usually be located in separate buildings like classrooms, laboratories, a student union, student services, and more than 600 residential beds. The building acknowledges its past and celebrates the present through its fluid connections to Roosevelt University’s national landmark Auditorium Building.

Previous awards for Wabash Building at Roosevelt University include 2013 Best Project in the $50-150 million category SEAOI (Structural Engineers Association of Illinois), The ULI Global Award of Excellence for 2013, ULI Chicago Vision Award 2013, The 2013 USGBC Illinois Chapter Emerald Award, 2013 Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award, American Institute of Architects (AIA) SustainABILITY Leadership Honor Award 2013 and FIABCI-USA Chapter Grand Prix of Real Estate Award.

VOA designed the Wabash Building to support the University’s mission, which is based on the transformative values of education and social justice. Additionally, the interior was designed to promote sustainable behavior and sustainable education by encouraging users to utilize stairs in lieu of elevators through bright stairwells and interior signage. The Wabash Building speaks to Chicago’s architectural legacy, serves its diverse populace, and provides a healthier environment to live, work and learn.

Interviews with VOA Principal Christopher Groesbeck, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP and Michael Siegel, AIA are available upon request. Hi-res photography of the Wabash Building is also available upon request.

For more information and hi-res images, contact: Theresa Gorman,

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