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Loyola University Chicago Opens State-of-the-Art Information Center and 2007 LEAF Award Winner
New Library to be Named after Prominent Chicago Businessman
CHICAGO, December 7, 2007 – Loyola University Chicago will open its new environmentally friendly library on January 14, 2008. At a dedication ceremony for the building held today, Loyola President Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., announced that the new library will be named the Richard J. Klarchek Information Commons, in honor of a $10 million gift from Mr. Richard J. Klarchek, founder, chairman, and CEO of Capital First Realty.
“The Information Commons is a testament to ingenuity, a pact with future generations to be wise about our resources, and a campus centerpiece of which the entire Loyola community can be proud,” says Father Garanzini. “Mr. Klarchek’s generosity in support of one of the most advanced libraries in the nation speaks to his dedication to Loyola and its community of learning.”
Located on the University’s Lake Shore Campus, the four-story, 72,000-square-foot Information Commons was recently awarded the 2007 Leaf Award for Best Use of Technology at the fourth annual Leading European Architects Forum in London, England. The building is also expected to earn Silver Level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification once it is operational.
This is the first Loyola building designed and constructed according to “green” standards, and its development represents the University’s commitment to environmental stewardship. It serves as a model for future sustainable buildings nationwide. The high-performance building, designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz, uses innovative engineering to cut down on energy usage while providing an inviting extension to Loyola’s Cudahy Library. Inside, students will encounter the latest digital information technology in an open interior space with spectacular views of Lake Michigan.
“Building the Information Commons is Loyola’s answer to a national trend that calls for a one-stop research experience combining information needs such as library research, computer support, and access to electronic resources,” says Robert Seal, dean of libraries at Loyola.
Mr. Klarchek, a member of Loyola’s Board of Trustees and Council of Regents, is a successful, self-made businessman from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan who has resided in the Chicago area for over 35 years and has been active in charitable fund raising efforts throughout his adult life. Most recently, he was chairman of the Jesuit Executive Development Board, and for eight years he raised funds to support 300 Jesuits of the Chicago Province. Mr. Klarchek’s success and generosity personify his immigrant Italian family’s belief in using one’s talents and gifts to follow their dreams.
“I have been very lucky all my life and Loyola has given me an opportunity to give back in a way that is very important to me,” says Klarchek. “The Information Commons will be an excellent resource for Loyola students and the surrounding communities, and I’m very proud to help deliver such a wonderful academic center here.”
The Information Commons, among the most modern and advanced library facilities in the country, will be home to the new Center for Public Service, as well as the congressional papers and archives of the late Congressman Henry J. Hyde, who donated them earlier this year, and of former Congressman Dan Rostenkowski, who donated his papers in 1995.
The new Richard J. Klarchek Information Commons boasts the following resources:
- 700 computer and study seats
- 222 computer workstations (80% PC, 20% Mac)
- Wireless access throughout the building
- Six high-tech classrooms
- More than 30 group study and seminar rooms, many with plasma screens
- Electronic library instruction classroom
- Digital media lab
- Connection to Cudahy Library with café
- First “Voice over Internet Protocol” (VoIP) phone system on campus
- 386,923 lineal feet of low voltage cabling
- 53,752 square feet of raised floor
- 45,479 pounds of ductwork
- 82 windows
For more information on the Richard J. Klarchek Information Commons, please visit LUC.edu/ic/.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 15,500 students, which includes nearly 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S.News & World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities,” and named the University a “best value” in its 2008 rankings. For more information, please visit our Web site at LUC.edu.