Current and Recent Projects
Solar Development Project
Loyola University Chicago Commits to Clean Power in Illinois
Loyola University Chicago announced that the University has signed an agreement in partnership with Constellation (Nasdaq: CEG) to purchase power from a new solar project under development in Sangamon and Morgan Counties in Illinois. Developed by renewable energy developer, owner and operator Swift Current Energy, the project—named “Double Black Diamond”—will be the largest solar farm in Illinois and among the largest solar projects in the country, and provide enough electricity to completely power the University’s Lake Shore, Water Tower, and Health Sciences Campuses.
Loyola has agreed to purchase the electricity produced sized to the campus demand of 81,660 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity in the first year of production. Compared to current electricity and renewable energy credit purchasing, Loyola anticipates significant savings during the 12-year agreement.
Double Black Diamond is expected to start producing renewable electricity in late 2024.
81,660 MWh is the equivalent of removing 12,586 passenger vehicles driven per year or electricity use in 10,512 homes in one year. The project is intended to be constructed and certified "Pollinator Friendly" through the State of Illinois' Solar Site Pollinator Score Card Program featuring native wildflowers and vegetated buffers.
Summer 2023 Construction Alert
From May 15 - August 23, Loyola will undergo several construction projects to improve the campus facilities. Please take note of the following projects:
- Arrupe House Interior - Refresh
- Dumbach Façade Repair
- Mundelein Façade Repair
- Gentile Flooring Closure
- Regis Shower Repair
- Stormwater Project
- Information Commons - Refresh
- Crown Center Renovations
These projects are necessary to ensure the long-term sustainability and improvement of our campus. Thank you for your understanding during this time. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
Please click on the link below for the logisitics plan and additional project detail.
Cudahy Library Stormwater Management Project
New building drainage, waterproofing, pumps, and storm traps are being installed around the perimeter of Cudahy Library and in the vicinity of Dumbach Hall to protect Cudahy Library from flooding that occurs during severe weather events. The project is one of many that the University continues to undertake each year to make our campus more resilient to climate change.
The stormwater work requires removal of trees and existing landscaping; in particular, the evergreens surrounding Cudahy Library were diseased and were spreading to other trees.
The site will be restored with new landscaping that will complement the landscape designs of Cudahy Science Building and Cuneo Hall, and will feature universally accessible walks.
SCHEDULE: May 15, 2023 – August 23, 2023
Piper Hall & Coffey Hall Stormwater Management Project
New building drainage, pumps, and a storm trap are being installed in the plaza space to protect Coffey Hall and Piper Hall from flooding that occurs during severe weather events. The project is one of many that the University continues to undertake each year to make our campus more resilient to climate change.
The stormwater work requires removal of trees, hardscape, and the existing plaza and fountain.
The site will be restored with a new plaza that promotes social gathering and community-building through open space and seating options, a berm that emulates lakefront dunes that would have existed in this location long ago, and native plantings and trees. The Sacred Heart grotto will remain in its existing location, but walkways will be rerouted to improve access to the lakefront path.
Stormwater and temporary hardscape paths through the plaza will be completed May 15, 2023 – August 23, 2023
Plaza hardscape work will continue through the fall semester of 2023
Landscaping and final hardscape paths will be underway during the spring semester of 2024, and complete by May 1, 2024
Dumbach Hall Façade Restoration
Dumbach Hall (built in 1908, and the oldest building on Lake Shore Campus) is undergoing a comprehensive façade restoration to preserve its architectural heritage. This is the first of two planned phases to restore the building envelope; in the summer of 2024 the clay tile roof will be removed and replaced to match the original tile profiles and color.
BUDGET: Phase 1 - $1,700,000
SCHEDULE: May 15, 2023 – August 23, 2023