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At A Glance


Project Name:

Roshek Building Redevelopment



Dubuque, IA


Building Type:



Square Footage:

296,167 (leasable 253,947)

Date of Construction:

1929–Finished 1931 (built in two halves)


Date of Renovation:

January 2009–2010


Rehabilitation Cost:

Approximately $43,000,000


Historic Designation:

National Register of Historic Places

When IBM announced its choice of Dubuque as the location if its new global delivery center in Fall 2009, the decision was influenced by the sustainability initiative that Dubuque began in 2006 that matches well with the IBM corporate philosophy. Another factor was the strong public/private partnerships that exist in Dubuque.


Together with Dubuque Initiatives, a nonprofit development company dedicated to downtown revitalization, it was decided to renovate the building according to the United States Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building rating system. Achieving LEED certification requires the use of green building materials; noted improvements in energy efficiency; and the reduction, recycling, and reuse of all waste materials. The decision to use an existing structure, rather than build new, is one of the most sustainable choices that can be made on a large-scale project.


Rehabilitation started in January 2009 and was completed in 2010. The Roshek Redevelopment is the largest and most formidable sustainable project ever to take place in the City of Dubuque. From its inception, it has been fast paced and challenging, with only five months separating the start of the project and IBM’s occupation. IBM is the largest of several tenants. The project called for the complete overhaul of over 250,000 square fee, including nine floors above grade, a lower level, and a sub-basement.