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Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Center for Sustainable Urban Living (CSUL)

About the Building

CSUL will be opened during the fall of 2013.  It is expected to earn LEED gold certification and will be a combination student residence (San Francisco Hall), greenhouse, Institute of Environmental Sustainability, and academic offices (Wright Hall).  The complex will be a keystone for the Sustainability Program at Loyola and boasts a 50% decrease in energy consumption from the ASHRAE 90.1-2007 baseline.

"The intent of the design is to create a state-of-the-art, low-resource consumption, high-comfort environment that will foster interaction and make the Center for Sustainable Urban Living the setting of a unique and transformative educational experience."

The focal point of the building will be the 3,700 square-foot greenhouse.  It will act as a center point for both the building's environmental systems and the Institute's program.  The greenhouse and the clean energy lab will be the most experimental programmatic elements.  Both elements will provide a research-based curriculum and will be visible to students in the classroom and social areas.

Public Areas

Entry - The building shares a main entry with the San Francisco Residence.  Visible from Sheridan Rd., the entry provides a central point of access to the CSUL's living/learning community.

Demonstration Area - The lobby area of the Institute of Environmental Sustainability will include a hydroponic demonstration area that is attached to a waste water treatment system.

Academic Areas

Classrooms - Three classrooms are located on the first floor.  These are connected visually to the space for the Clean Energy Lab, the Demonstration Area, and the Atrium.

Clean Energy Lab - The Clean Energy Lab is a space devoted to student and faculty research of clean energy technologies.  This area will include anaerobic digesters.  This area will also connect to the loading area and elevator to support resource and equipment needs.  This lab will also allow Loyola's biodiesel program to increase fuel production by up to 100,000 gallons per year.

Offices - The administrative and faculty offices are located within the first floor of Wright Hall, the existing tower.  IES faculty offices are located on the first, second, and third floors, giving them access to the classrooms and laboratories. 

Labs and Classrooms - Anthropology, archaeology, teaching, and research labs are located on the first three floors of the building. 

Greenhouse - The Greenhouse is on the second floor of the IES and is a space for student and faculty research that aims at exploring the possibilities of urban agriculture.

Sustainability Features

The San Francisco Residence and Wright Hall will follow and live by the "Living Building Challenge" in which students and faculty will develop projects that set new standards for sustainable urban living and create a connection to the larger community.  In San Francisco Residence, an online dashboard will show real-time energy use (separated by floor) and facilitate competitions and conservation. 

Geothermal System - The facilities contain 92 geothermal wells that are 500 feet deep!  This will provide heating/cooling energy for the facility and is the largest system within the City of Chicago.

Passive Tempering System - By utilizing solar exposure and the building's ventilation systems, energy required for fans, furnaces, and air conditioning is greatly reduced. 

Rain Harvesting - The glass roof is designed on a slope so that water that falls upon it will be collected in a huge cistern underneath the facility.  This water will be reused in the greenhouse for irrigation purposes. 

Air Quality - Air quality will be electronically monitered and the buildings will incorporate fresh air without losing heat energy. 

Landscaping - A smart irrigation sprinkler system has been designed to limit the amount of water, taking the weather into account. 

Lighting - The basic design of the greenhouse lets in maximum amounts of light.  The other buildings are connected to the greenhouse through an atrium, so much of the light will permeate the IES and the San Francisco Residence.  High efficiency lighting systems include LEDs and motion sensor to conserve energy.


Institute of Environmental Sustainability
Loyola University Chicago · 1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660 · Phone: 773-508-2130 · IES@luc.edu

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