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Loyola University Chicago Buildings Receive Green Designation
LEED Designations Granted to Five University Buildings
CHICAGO, March 30, 2015 – Loyola University Chicago has added five green-certified buildings to its list of high-efficiency constructions across its campuses. The United States Green Building Council recently granted Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) designations to the University buildings, including three Gold certifications.
“As a national leader of sustainability in higher education, the University’s construction policy requires new buildings meet LEED Silver designation or higher,” said Wayne Magdziarz, senior vice president of capital planning and campus management at Loyola. “We continue to strive to make Loyola more efficient, conserving energy and resources, while also creating comfortable, healthy environments for the Loyola community.”
The buildings that have recently received LEED certification include:
- The Institute of Environmental Sustainability received LEED Gold designation in November 2014. The 217,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility at the University’s Lake Shore Campus includes clean energy and biodiesel production labs; a green house; two aquaponics systems; an ecodome; classrooms; San Francisco Hall, a 412-bedroom residence hall; and the largest geothermal heating and cooling installation in Chicago.
- The Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing at Loyola’s Health Sciences Campus in Maywood, Illinois, received LEED Gold designation in August 2013. The four-story, 58,222-square-foot building houses academic space, a light-filled atrium, and café. The building’s design offers occupants the opportunity to open windows, providing occupants with fresh air and sunlight for natural, stress-reducing elements to improve the learning environment.
- The Arnold J. Damen, S.J. Student Center received LEED Silver designation. The 100,000-square-foot facility at the Lake Shore Campus includes dining facilities, a cinema, meeting and worship spaces, and a student-run pub. The facility features natural ventilation, a green roof, significant day-lighting, dual-temperature radiant panels, and a state-of-the-art building automation system. More than 75 percent of construction waste was recycled or otherwise diverted from a landfill during the building process. The building was granted LEED certification in August 2013.
- Cuneo Hall, an academic building at the Lake Shore Campus, received LEED Gold designation in October 2012. The 67,000-square-foot building is designed to harmonize with neighboring buildings and features in-slab radiant heating and cooling, active chilled beams in the building’s offices, and a thermally-broken exterior enclosure.
- de Nobili Hall received LEED Silver designation in July 2014. The building, home to more than 200 students at the Lake Shore Campus, features entertainment and study lounges, community kitchens, and a dining hall. The building includes heat-recovery, efficient water and lighting fixtures, and a large rooftop terrace and garden.
The University’s other LEED-certified buildings include the Klarchek Information Commons and Norville Center for Intercollegiate Athletics, both at the Lake Shore Campus. Baumhart Residence Hall, located at the Water Tower Campus, is an EnergySTAR building.
For more information, visit LUC.edu/sustainability.
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. More than 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 11 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, Graduate School, and Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago. 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 or @LoyolaNewsroom.
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