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Loyola University Chicago’s Richard J. Klarchek Information Commons Named Best New Construction—Chicago
New Environmentally Friendly Library Recognized by Chicago Building Congress
CHICAGO, June 17, 2008 – Loyola University Chicago’s award-winning, environmentally friendly library, the Richard J. Klarchek Information Commons, has been named best New Construction—Chicago by the Chicago Building Congress (CBC). The building, along with the project team responsible for its development, was recently honored at the CBC’s 52nd Annual Merit Awards Program, held on May 28, 2008 at the Union League Club of Chicago.
Honoring excellence in Chicagoland construction, the CBC’s Merit Awards Program recognizes outstanding projects that have been completed within the past two years. The awards were given in four categories: New Construction—Chicago, New Construction—Suburbs, Rehab Construction, and Construction Under $10 Million. The competition drew more than 40 nominees, with four finalists being considered for each category. Other finalists in the New Construction—Chicago category included 340 on the Park, Center on Halsted, and Prentice Women’s Hospital.
“We received a number of really strong entries this year, and the competition in each of these categories was very impressive,” said Fred Berglund, chairman of the Merit Awards and president of Berglund Construction. “In the end, we only honor the finest projects completed in the area, and Loyola’s Klarchek Information Commons certainly is deserving of this recognition.”
The CBC Merit Awards Committee reviewed entry submissions for each project and judged visual presentations provided by the individual project teams. The judging standards used are unique to the CBC’s Merit Awards, as quality of design and construction both rank as significant criteria, but community impact and project safety record also rate critically in the CBC’s selection of each of the 16 finalists. In addition, the entire building team is recognized for projects that promote a spirit of cooperation and teamwork.
“We had some incredible competition among the finalists in our category, and we’re thrilled that the Merit Awards Committee was so impressed with our Klarchek Information Commons,” said Wayne Magdziarz, vice president of capital planning and chief of staff at Loyola. “The building has been a huge hit with our faculty, staff, students, and alumni, and it’s great to know that it’s made a positive impression within the community as well.”
Richard J. Klarchek Information Commons
Located on the University’s Lake Shore Campus, the four-story, 72,000-square-foot Information Commons is the first Loyola building designed and constructed according to “green” standards. Its development represents the University’s commitment to environmental stewardship and 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 have access to the latest digital information technology in an open interior space with spectacular views of Lake Michigan.
The building received the 2007 Leaf Award for Best Use of Technology at the fourth annual Leading European Architects Forum in London, England, and is expected to earn Silver Level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. For more information, visit LUC.edu/ic.
About Chicago Building Congress
The Chicago Building Congress is the cornerstone of Chicago’s building industry. The association was formed in 1939 at the Union League Club to unite the building industry; to advance the art, science, and technology of building; and to promote the education, welfare, and fellowship of its members. Today, its membership includes 160 leading firms in the fields of architecture, engineering, building, development, insurance, banking, building trades, and material supply. For more information, visit www.chicagobuildingcongress.org or call 630-393-1313.
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 ten schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, 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 LUC.edu.