Photo from left to right: Bradley Schnee, Project Architect, Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB); Todd Czworniak, Asst. Project Mechanical Engineer, Environmental Systems Design (ESD); Caroline Wolske, Asst. Project Architect, SCB; Michael McDermott, Senior Project Engineer, ESD; Paul J. Matthews, Asst VP Facilities Management Owner Representative, Saint Xavier University; and John Hill, ASHRAE Illinois Chapter President.
Dedicated in October 2008, O’Brien Hall is Saint Xavier’s second residence hall using the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design “green building” approach. The hall was built to LEED Gold designation standards, which requires a number of sustainable strategies protecting the Earth’s natural resources be incorporated in its construction. In 2007, Saint Xavier’s Arthur Rubloff Hall received an Illinois Chapter ASHRAE award as well as the coveted LEED Gold designation in 2007, becoming the first university building in the state of
The Illinois Chapter awards have recognized outstanding engineering performance for more than 30 years, beginning during the country’s first energy crisis in the early 1970s.
The architectural firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz and Associates provided designs for the building. The firm designed three previous residence halls for Saint Xavier, including Rubloff Hall. The construction management firm is Henry Bros. Co. Terra Civil Engineering conducted civil engineering. Environmental Systems Design, Inc. provided a mechanical engineering design.
The energy-efficient 36,664 square-foot residence hall is the sixth co-ed residence hall on the
The building uses 100 percent “Green-e” Power from mixed renewable energy products to carbon offset all electrical energy consumed in the residence. The roof features a solar reflection system, the rain garden filters roof water runoff and the indoor air quality in the student rooms is significantly above ASHRAE standards.
O’Brien Hall will now be submitted for a regional ASHRAE award.
Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846,
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