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Solomon Cordwell Buenz
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Loyola University Chicago
Loyola University Chicago’s New, LEED-Gold Cuneo Hall
Blends Tradition with Innovation
CHICAGO, June 12, 2012 – Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB), a leader in sustainable design, announced the completion of Loyola University Chicago’s Cuneo Hall.
The traditional brick and tile roof of Cuneo Hall, the newest addition to Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus, belies the fact that it is actually one of the most innovative and energy conscious buildings in the Midwest. Designed to celebrate the campus as it was originally envisioned and to harmonize with its two neighboring and much older buildings, Dumbach and Cudahy Science halls, the new 67,000 SF classroom and academic building completes an ensemble of buildings that defines the campus’s new East Quad.
SCB’s challenge was to create a building that would both fit its existing context and also meet Loyola’s commitment to energy reduction and sustainability. Each classroom and office is connected to a Building Automation System that notifies occupants that outdoor conditions favor allowing fresh outdoor air to be let inside by opening the building’s operable windows. The fresh air is then naturally vented through the building’s four-story atrium. This “smart” building approach allows mechanical systems to be turned off, which in turn, saves energy and allows the building’s occupants to become active participants in this process. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification is pending for the project and is anticipated at the end of the summer.
“Cuneo Hall is a major milestone in realizing the original plan for Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus. Along with Cudahy Science and our first campus building, Dumbach Hall, the new Cuneo Hall completes the initial vision for this space that was anticipated when Loyola originally acquired the property in 1906,” said Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., Loyola’s president and CEO.
Championed by Father Garanzini and named for Loyola’s most generous benefactors, John and Herta Cuneo, Cuneo Hall represents a significant step toward creating a more sustainable University community. Last year, Loyola earned the high mark of A- in the College Sustainability Report Card, issued by the Sustainable Endowments Institute, placing it among the highest ranked universities in the country and the only institution in Chicago to attain this level. Loyola’s commitment to sustainability extends from buildings and energy use to the curriculum and community through programs in ecology, water, and food issues in an integrated and transformative educational experience for its students.
“SCB shares Loyola University Chicago’s deep commitment to sustainability. We wanted to create a space that was the first of its kind on the campus and put a mark on our long, productive, professional relationship with Loyola.” said John Lahey, SCB’s chairman. “We welcome projects such as Cuneo Hall that challenge our creativity to combine traditional with progressive elements.”
The building is the home to Loyola’s Center for Urban Research and Learning, Center for the Human Rights of Children, Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage, Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy, Women’s Studies and Gender Studies, and other associated classrooms.
Some of the key green features of the building include:
- High performance exterior enclosure
- Atrium passively induces natural stack-effect ventilation
- Operable windows allow reduce fan operation and natural ventilation mode
- In-slab radiant heating and cooling
- Low velocity displacement ventilation
About Solomon Cordwell Buenz
Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB) is an award-winning architecture, interior design and planning firm that practices internationally from offices in Chicago and San Francisco. SCB has extensive experience with the design of urban mixed-use, multi-family residential, hotel, corporate office, higher education, laboratory and transportation facilities. With a talented staff of nearly 160 professionals, the firm is well recognized for its diversity of practice, expertise and progressive approach to design and energy conservation. For more information, visit www.scb.com.
About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university, with more than 16,000 students. Nearly 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as a presence in Beijing and an academic center in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The University’s 10 schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, continuing and professional studies, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, and social work. Consistently ranked a top national university by U.S.News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago.