Loyola University Chicago


Loyola Campus Planning and Design

“It is very refreshing to work with a team of professionals who provide excellent customer service and offer a depth and breadth of technical capabilities.”

—Phil Kosiba, Vice President of Facilities


SmithGroupJJR’s 25-year partnership with Loyola University Chicago has had a transformative effect on campus development. The firm’s interdisciplinary planning and design work has helped Loyola capitalize on its unique urban, lakefront location, strengthen campus identity, and advance an ambitious sustainability initiative.

The work started with shoreline design for Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus and led to a campus-wide framework plan. The plan identified new building sites, along with new recreational, open space and outdoor learning environments, and strengthened connections with adjacent neighborhoods and Chicago’s public transportation system.

The campus is also greener and more environmentally responsive. SmithGroupJJR’s innovative stormwater design includes green roofs, underground storage, and permeable paving on campus roads and pedestrian walkways, framed by native landscape plantings. A new central quadrangle provides a popular and iconic gathering area while capturing and filtering significant quantities of stormwater before it enters Lake Michigan. The result is a beautiful campus amenity that reflects Loyola’s commitment to community stewardship.

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