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Meet the Damen Student Center

Meet the Damen Student Center

Couldn’t make it to Wednesday’s grand opening? Don’t worry. Here’s everything you need to know about the new state-of-the-art facility on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus.

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Student Center has more than 100,000 square feet of usable

About the building 

The Damen Student Center has more than 100,000 square feet of usable space. How big is that? Big enough to hold more than 40 average-sized U.S. homes or 21 NCAA basketball courts.

The center has more than a dozen lounge spaces and meeting rooms, ranging from small to, well, massive. The largest meeting room—the Sister Jean Hall—can hold up to 400 people for lectures.

If you’re hungry, the Damen Student Center has got you covered. It has a dining hall and a separate food court, which means you’re never more than a few feet away from a delicious meal.

Other highlights

  • A 35-foot climbing wall, accessible from the Halas Sports Center.
  • A 125-seat theater for movies; the cinema also can be reserved for special events.
  • A dedicated recreation area with video games, pool tables, and xxxxxxxxxx.
  • Ireland’s sports lounge, a full-service restaurant with multiple flat-screen TVs.
  • New Campus Ministry offices and separate worship spaces for different faiths.
  • New offices for several Student Development departments and other groups.

And it’s sustainable too

Built on the site of the old Alumni Gym, the new student center is designed to be LEED Silver-certified and uses modern technology to be as environmentally friendly as possible. For instance:

  • High-efficiency fixtures help the center reduce its water use by up to 30 percent.
  • Half of the roof is devoted to green space to provide insulation and absorb rain.
  • Three-fourths of the construction waste was diverted from landfills.
  • ­A skylight helps brighten the center and drive down electrical costs.
  • Natural ventilation keeps air-conditioning use to a minimum.
  • Irrigation system helps control storm water run-off.

They said it

“Quote here from people talking. Should be about this long and take up this much space. Quote here from people talking.”

—Name, age, and hometown

 “Quote here from people talking. Should be about this long and take up this much space. Quote here from people talking.”

—Name, age, and hometown

 “Quote here from people talking. Should be about this long and take up this much space. Quote here from people talking.”

—Name, age, and hometown

 What’s in a name?

The new student center is named after Arnold J. Damen, S.J., who founded St. Ignatius College, the predecessor of Loyola University Chicago. The college opened in 1870 on the city’s West Side and narrowly escaped the Great Fire of 1871, which started just blocks away. As the University’s first president, Damen oversaw a faculty of four priests and a student body of 37 young men.