Great Glazing: Institute of Environmental Sustainability at Loyola University Chicago

Photos courtesy of Alliance Glazing Technologies Inc.
San Francisco Hall

The basics: The newly opened 217,000-square-foot Institute of Environmental Sustainability at Loyola University Chicago showcases innovative, eco-friendly features, including natural light and views from nearly 400 large, high-performance windows. The IES includes the Blessed Virgin Mary Hall, and the newly constructed San Francisco Hall, a 410-bed freshman and sophomore student residence. The areas are connected by a three-story glass atrium. The adjacent new six-story DeNobili Hall completes the IES compound.

“Certain windows had to meet [accessibility] standards per the City of Chicago,” explains contract glazier Alliance Glazing Technologies’ project executive, Patrick Love. “We knew that meeting the City’s, as well as the owner’s requirements, while also meeting the design’s specified daylighting and ventilation requirements, would require a lot of coordination between Alliance and the window manufacturer.”

The players: Architect, Solomon Cordwell Buenz; structural engineers, Halverson and Partners; general contractor, Power Construction LLC; contract glazier, Alliance Glazing Technologies Inc.; glazing systems manufacturer, Wausau Window and Wall Systems; glazing systems finisher, Linetec
The glass and systems: In total, the project used approximately 34,250 square feet of Wausau Window & Wall System’s SuperWall curtain wall, nearly 225 of Wausau’s 3250i INvent Series windows and 100 of its 4250-Z Series zero sightline insert windows. Wausau’s INvent Series windows feature specially designed, locking hardware options that meet the operating force and limited motion requirements of the International Code Council and American National Standards Institute ICC/ANSI A117.1 as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. The systems are pre-engineered and factory-glazed.

Solomon Cordwell Buenz designed the complex to achieve LEED Gold certification. According to LUC’s Office of Sustainability, the IES complex will contribute to a 50 percent decrease in energy consumption from the ASHRAE’s standard energy baseline.