Loyola University Chicago

School of Environmental Sustainability

Energy Efficient Design

Several LUC buildings employ sustainable technologies but have not gone through the LEED Certification process.

  • The Michael R. and Marilyn C. Quinlan Life Sciences Education and Research Center is equipped with motion sensor lighting, a green roof, a southern exposure with many windows that maximize solar thermal heat gain in the winter and angled sun visors to reduce solar thermal heat gain in the summer.
  • Smart infrastructure such as building automation for ventilation and motion sensors on lighting features.
  • A Demand Response Program allows the university to reduce power consumption during times of peak use thereby resulting in money savings from electricity utility.
  • Geothermal heating and cooling at the School of Environmental Sustainability.‌
  • Solar powered flashing "STOP" signs on campus.
  • Battery-powered campus service vehicles.

Other features include: 


Heating and Chilled Water Plant

In 2003, Loyola upgraded their Chilled Water Plant is the best in the United States and currently cools approximately 1,500,000 square feet of water. It is one of the first Variable Primary Systems and saved more than $1 million in underground piping for the Quinlan Life Sciences building.

In 2012-2013, Loyola decentralized its boiler plant and made an effort to conserve more hot water on campus.  This work will save the university $966,000 annually and pay back the construction costs ($3.45 million) in less than four years.  Phase one of the project is complete and included a $210,000 incentive from Peoples Gas.  Phase II of construction is underway, and Loyola has applied for an incentive for this portion of the project as well.

Mundelein Center Energy Retrofit

Mundelein Center is undergoing a 7-year plan for phased renovation of the entire building. The 15-story skyscraper was constructed in 1928, and it is a mixed-use building of classrooms, assembly offices, an auditorium, a theater and a greenhouse.  The building is also listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

To make the building more energy efficient, a number of strategies will be used regarding its heating, cooling and ventilation system.  This includes smaller ductwork, Enthalpy Wheel for heat recovery, demand controlled ventilation, displacement ventilation, radiant heating and cooling, as well as dedicated outside air.


Cuneo Hall

Cuneo Hall is an expected LEED Gold standard building.  The 72,000 square foot facility features classroom and office space, and was built with the intention of encouraging occupants to play an integral role in how the building operates.

Cuneo Hall has many sustainable features:

  • High performance Envelop
  • Campus chilled water
  • High-efficiency boiler  plant
  • Natural ventilation (semi-manual)
  • Energy recovery (enthalpy wheel)
  • Dual temperature radiant celling panels for classrooms
  • Active chilled beams for offices
  • State-of-the-art building automation system

These sustainable features have resulted in a 77 percent reduction in annual energy use for the building.

Corboy Law Center Boiler and Chiller Retrofit

Corboy Law Center was constructed in 1992, is 15-stories and features 285,000 sq. ft.  of classroom, library, and office space.

The buildings 2 gas fired absorption heating and cooling units were replaced with:

  • 3 High-efficiency condensing boilers
  • 2 electric water cooled chillers
  • New pumps & cooling tower nozzles
  • New controls

These updates have helped Loyola save 10,387 MBtu annually

Loyola University Medical Campus - Maywood, IL

Loyola University's Medical Campus is a shared venture between the University and Trinity Medical Services. Loyola University's 690,000 square feet of buildings includes the Stritch Medical School, the fitness center, the Cancer Research Center and the newly opened 58,000 square foot Niehoff School of Nursing. Because of the combined nature of operations, nearly all sustainability initiatives include both University and Trinity staff, faculty and administrators. 

Sustainability initiatives on campus include:

  • Reduced chemical use in fitness center swimming facilities
  • Niehoff School of Nursing uses 45% less energy compared to similar building and is certified LEED Gold utilizing daylight harvesting, natural ventilation, solar chimneys and automated sun shading.
  • Dr. Jean Dubach is advancing the understanding of wildlife/human interactions through genetics in Cook County
  • Active Green Team meets to identify opportunities to work on sustainability efforts across both Trinity Medical Services and Loyola University.