Latitude/Longitude: 42.0002, -87.6561
The Richard J. Klarchek Information Commons is a 69,000 sf completely digital research library that occupies a magnificent site on the shores of Lake Michigan at Loyola University’s Lake Shore Campus. The site is directly between the existing land-marked Madonna Maria Della Strata Chapel and the Cudahy Library. The new Information Commons creates a dynamic and transparent eastern edge to a new quadrangle that will be formed once an existing Jesuit residence is demolished.
SCB, in conjunction with Stuttgart, Germany-based Transsolar Climate Engineering, has implemented a number of natural and mechanical building systems and strategies that result in a totally integrated design. The result of this innovative and collaborative work is a building that achieves a 52% energy reduction below ASHRAE-90.1-1999 minimum requirements. The Loyola Information Commons shows fore-thought and innovation by the design team and the University. It is a flexible 24/7 library facility that will serve the students and faculty with a high quality, energy efficient space for many years to come. It is a LEED Silver certified building.
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