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Loyola University Chicago
Loyola University Chicago’s High-Tech Digital Library is Awarded Leed Silver Certification
CHICAGO, January 16, 2009 – Charting the way for sustainable campuses across the country, Loyola University Chicago’s year-old Richard J. Klarchek Information Commons, a digital research library designed by leading U.S. architecture firm, Solomon Cordwell Buenz, has been awarded LEED® Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
The four-story, 72,000 square foot Klarchek Information Commons integrates sustainable design features with innovative mechanical systems to reduce the building’s energy consumption by more than 50 percent.
“The goal was to build an environmentally conscious building that was complimentary to Loyola’s campus surroundings,” said SCB chairman John Lahey. “We designed the Klarchek Information Commons using some of the most cutting-edge, sustainable technologies, which helped us to achieve LEED Silver certification for the building.”
The LEED Green Building Rating SystemTM is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings. Contributing to the building’s LEED Silver certification are a series of mechanical systems controlled by sensors monitoring temperature, humidity, and CO2 levels within the building, as well as outside the building.
Some of the digital library’s unique features include:
- Chicago’s first double-skin facade to provide passive management of heat flow and ventilation
- A state-of-the-art climate control system that uses heated and chilled water delivered from existing campus facilities
- Radiant concrete slab ceilings to provide thermal mass to cool in the summer and heat in the winter
- A green roof that collects rainwater and mitigates run-off to Lake Michigan
“Since its opening, the Klarchek Information Commons has received rave reviews and quickly become the most popular, and ‘green,’ building on our Lake Shore Campus,” said Wayne Magdziarz, chief of staff and vice president of capital planning at Loyola. “With its state-of-the-art technology offerings and ‘green’ appeal, the building serves as an ideal place for our students to learn, share, connect, create, and relax while on campus.”
The LEED Green Building Rating System is a feature-oriented rating system that awards buildings points for satisfying specified green building criteria. The six major environmental categories of review include: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation and Design. Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum levels of LEED green building certification are awarded based on the total number of points earned within each LEED category.
“The green building movement offers an unprecedented opportunity to respond to the most important challenges of our time, including global climate change, dependence on non-sustainable and expensive sources of energy, and threats to human health,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO & founding chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “The work of innovative building projects such as the Klarchek Information Commons is a fundamental driving force in the green building movement.”
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 15,600 students, which includes more than 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 2009 rankings. For more information, please visit LUC.edu.
About Solomon Cordwell Buenz
SCB is an architecture, interior design and planning firm practicing internationally from offices in Chicago and San Francisco. SCB has extensive experience in the design of urban mixed-use, multi-family residential, corporate office, higher education, laboratory and transportation facilities.
About the U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit membership organization whose vision is a sustainable built environment within a generation. Its membership includes corporations, builders, universities, government agencies, and other nonprofit organizations. Since USGBC’s founding in 1993, the Council has grown to more than 17,000 member companies and organizations, a comprehensive family of LEED® green building rating systems, an expansive educational offering, the industry’s popular Greenbuild International Conference and Expo (www.greenbuildexpo.org), and a network of 78 local chapters, affiliates, and organizing groups. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.