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Roosevelt University plans new academic, dorm facility



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    Roosevelt University unveiled plans to build a new academic and student center in what has become Chicago's downtown college campus.

    In the downtown neighborhood that has grown to house the nation's larges concentration of college students, plans are on the table for a new $130 million structure.

    Roosevelt University is going to build a tower to house both academic facilities and dorms.  The new building will sit on the property currently occupied by a Roosevelt building "university officials (have) determined ... would cost more" to update with the mandatory sprinkler system than the outdated building was worth.

    "What's driving this is that Roosevelt has grown by 50 percent in the last six years -- from 3,400 full-time students to 5,100. Projections are we will sustain that growth. We'll move right in filled to capacity. We need more of everything," said Roosevelt University President Chuck Middleton.

    The 32-story building is scheduled for a midsummer groundbreaking and a fall 2011 opening, the Sun-Times reports.

    "In addition to the influx of dorm rooms, it will house state-of-the-art science laboratories, new lecture halls and a new home for Roosevelt's College of Business Administration," the paper says.