institute of environmental sustainability

Completed by Mike Stopka while Director of Sustainability at SCB. Images courtesy of SCB


CLIENT: Loyola University Chicago       DATE: 2010 - 2013       LOCATION: Chicago, IL

PROJECT SCOPE: Living-Learning Student Housing and Academic Complex

DESCRIPTION:  215,000sf complex using an innovative passive greenhouse to link student housing, office, cafe and academic spaces. The green house is the "lungs" of the building, literally collecting free heat from the sun and distributing it to the other spaces. Inter-disciplinary collaboration and experiential learning happens there, creating an immersive sustainable experience for Loyola University freshman.


  • Chicago's largest geothermal heating and cooling system
  • -65% energy use vs comperable building
  • Net-Zero energy ready
  • Passive greenhouse 
  • Rainwater collection and reuse
  • Biodiesel production laboratory
  • LEED Gold

ROLE: Sustainable Concept Design, Strategy, Facilitation, Communication Support

PARTNERS: Transsolar, Elara Engineering

PUBLICITY: Chicago Tonight TV Coverage, Winner Architizer 2015 Award