Institute of Environmental Sustainability (IES)

Loyola University Chicago

The Institute of Environmental Sustainability (IES) at Loyola University is a higher education facility unlike any other in the nation. It’s an innovative, interactive, and adaptable sustainable living and learning environment.

Cotter provided project management for the IES, which included renovation and new construction components. The north end of the building houses classroom and lab space for Loyola’s Sustainability Program and the south end is a new residence hall. The two ends are connected by a three-story glass structure housing a wintergarden with passive tempering system. The garden is used for teaching, research, and growth of food for the student café located in the building.

Other sustainable features include 91 geothermal wells that supplies heating and cooling, two aquaponics systems that provide fish and vegetables for the café, and a Clean Energy Lab.