FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Loyola University Chicago Student Experience
Expands with New Arnold J. Damen, S.J. Student Center
LEED Silver Designed Space Offers Students a Dedicated Area to Build Community
CHICAGO, April 3, 2013 – The Arnold J. Damen, S.J. Student Center, named after the founder of Loyola University Chicago, officially opened today on the west side of the University’s Lake Shore Campus. The 100,000-plus square foot structure, designed to be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver-certified, provides students with a dedicated space to build community and encourages co-curricular engagement on campus.
Every design and programmatic element—information desk, grand staircase, meeting space, multipurpose room, first class residential and food court dining service, departmental offices, student lounges, a 125-seat cinema, and gaming space—of the building is devoted to supporting the “Loyola Experience.”
“Our students deserve this space, and we’re excited to finally open the building and showcase all of its excellent features,” said Robert Kelly, vice president for student development. “We want this to be a home for all of our students, and its proximity to the Halas Sports Center, Gentile Arena, Norville Center for Intercollegiate Athletics, and the future West Quad, make the building an attractive space for every Loyola student looking for a way to connect with their surrounding community.
Housed within the Damen Student Center are select Division of Student Development offices, including the Department of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, Student Activities and Greek Affairs, Leadership Development and Second-Year Experience, Campus Ministry, and Community Service and Action. The Damen Student Center is also home to several key student groups, including the Department of Programming and the Unified Student Government Association. In addition, several faith-based groups—Muslim Student Association, Hillel, Hindu Student Organization, and the Interfaith Dialogue and Christian faith programs—have dedicated prayer spaces within the facility. The space features numerous dining options, including the Damen Dining Hall and the Damen Food Court, which offers four distinct restaurant concepts; Ireland’s Sports Lounge; the “L” Stop Spirit Shop; a rock wall; a 125-seat cinema; and plenty of group and meeting space.
The opening of the Damen Student Center completes phase three of the University’s reimagine campaign to transform student life on campus. The building was designed by local interior design and planning firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz, who also designed the University’s other LEED-certified buildings, the Richard J. Klarchek Information Commons and Cuneo Hall. Power Construction served as the building contractor.
The building, like all of the University’s new structures, is constructed with both the Loyola community and the environment in mind. Some of the key green features include:
- Water use reduction up to 30 percent with efficient fixtures
- Green roof with 50 percent coverage
- Natural ventilation and daylight harvesting technology
- Storm water quality and quantity control measures
- Chicago’s first earth duct, which pre-heats makeup air for the building’s kitchen appliances; this innovative passive concept contributes, along with other integrated mechanical strategies, to a more than 30 percent building energy use reduction
For more about the Damen Student Center, visit LUC.edu/damenstudentcenter.
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 one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 16,000 students. Almost 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 course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 10 schools and colleges, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, and Graduate School. 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.
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