Rather than simply adding another residence hall to its southwest Chicago campus using traditional design and building methods, St. Xavier University seized the opportunity to create a high-performance structure using the best-practice standards of green technology available.
Standing five stories high, Arthur Rubloff Hall houses 88 students and has a number of CAPACITY88COST PER SQ FT$222.92FEATURED IN2007 Architectural Portfolio features including a rooftop that helps dissipate heat; energy-efficient, double-pane windows; and toilets with two flush modes. Additionally, the building control system reduces energy consumption and increases indoor air quality.
All of these efforts make the building the first residence hall in either Chicago or the state of Illinois to be granted LEED gold certification. The project earned a $90,400 grant from the
Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation and also was profiled by the city’s mayor’s office. Rubloff Hall is a case study for sustainable-
design practices and construction for higher-education student housing, and
another significant step
toward Mayor Richard M. Daley’s vision to make Chicago the greenest city in America.