Project DescriptionLoyola University Chicago (LUC) strives to be one of the most sustainable urban campuses in the United States. The newly opened 217,000-square-foot Institute of Environmental Sustainability (IES) showcases many of LUC’s most innovative, eco-friendly features, including natural light and views from nearly 400 large, high-performance windows from Wausau Window and Wall Systems. Along with helping attain sustainability goals, many of the windows also needed to meet accessibility criteria.
The goal of the IES is to become a closed-loop urban agricultural community, a net-zero sustainable environment where people live, work and grow their own food. Solomon Cordwell Buenz of Chicago and Chicago-based Halverson and Partners Structural Engineers concurrently designed the complex to achieve LEED(R) Gold certification through the U.S. Green Building Council. According to LUC’s Office of Sustainability, the IES complex will contribute to a 50 percent decrease in energy consumption from the ASHRAE’s standard energy baseline.
The IES includes the Blessed Virgin Mary Hall (formerly known as Wright Hall), an existing 11-story structure whose lower three levels were renovated and expanded to allow it to house the academic elements of the IES, and the newly constructed San Francisco Hall, a 410-bed freshman and sophomore student residence. The areas are connected by a three-story glass atrium. The adjacent new six-story DeNobili Hall completes the IES compound.