In order to achieve LEED Silver certification, the designers employed many additional sustainable strategies. A high percentage of recycled content was used in the project’s construction, Low-VOC materials and finishes were specified, and water saving plumbing fixtures were installed. Surrounding the building is an integrated high-efficiency irrigation system, and a green roof helps to manage stormwater while creating a beautiful view from the fourth floor.
The Information Commons has gained recognition for its unusual energy-efficient systems, and it was recently added to the list of finalists for Chicago’s annual Greenworks Awards. The building is the first in a series of sustainable projects envisioned by Loyola. They also plan on updating and repurposing space in two other libraries on campus which currently cater to graduate students and faculty.