Richard J. Klarchek Information Commons Building: Chicago, IL
Efficiency by the Book
The bookless digital library at Loyola University Chicago uses expansive glass façades and operable windows to create the sense of being outdoors on the shores of Lake Michigan. The 24/7 facility, which opened in 2008, is one of the most popular spaces on campus. Natural and hybrid ventilation modes, dual temperature radiant ceilings and daylighting with automated shading help reduce energy use.