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Saint Xavier University’s Arthur Rubloff Hall turns “Green” into “Gold”

SXU first Illinois university to receive coveted LEED Gold designation

Chicago (April 25, 2007) – Saint Xavier University is the first university or College in the state of Illinois to receive the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold designation for one of its buildings from the U.S. Green Building Council. Saint Xavier received the LEED Gold designation for Arthur Rubloff Hall, the newest residence hall on its Chicago campus.

To receive the prestigious LEED Gold designation, the University incorporated an exceptional number of “green” strategies to protect the Earth’s natural resources into the building’s construction.

“The LEED Gold designation is further confirmation of Saint Xavier’s commitment to provide cutting-edge facilities for our students,” said Saint Xavier University President Judith A. Dwyer, Ph.D. “Rubloff Hall sets the new standard in Chicago and in the state for environmentally friendly construction on a university campus.”     

Dedicated in October, the energy-efficient 88-bed residence hall increases students’ awareness of environmental issues and encourages a collective mindset to make the preservation of our planet a greater priority. Amenities include carpeting made of recycled plastics, a roof with 1,000 square feet of low-maintenance plants for heating and cooling retention, and toilets with two flush modes – one for liquids and one for solids. 

Visit http://greenbuilding.sxu.edu/ to take a virtual tour of Rubloff Hall.

Rubloff Hall’s state-of-the-art ventilation system improves indoor air quality and helps reduce the spread of germs. A carbon dioxide detection system can tell if a room is occupied and adjusts airflow accordingly. The building’s environmentally friendly design earned it a $90,400 grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation. 

The U.S. Green Building Council, the nation’s foremost coalition of building leaders striving for environmental excellence, developed the LEED program as a nationally recognized performance-oriented system to rate buildings based on “green” building principles. Its principles guide the planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance and demolition of a sustainable facility or group of facilities. 

Different levels of LEED certification are awarded based on the total credits earned in different categories, with gold being one of the highest. Gold requires a between 39 and 51 credits. Saint Xavier achieved 46.  

“We welcome the continued recognition of a new building construction philosophy based on real sustainability,” said Paul Matthews, assistant vice president of facilities management at Saint Xavier. “This is a first for higher education in Illinois.” 

The Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers Inc. recently presented Saint Xavier University with a 2006 Excellence in Engineering Award for Rubloff Hall. The award recognizes achievements in the design of new heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and retrofits. Rubloff has now been nominated for a regional ASHRAE award.  


Contact Joseph Moore

(773) 298-3937 or jmoore@sxu.edu


Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846, Saint Xavier University was the first Mercy college in the United States and is Chicago’s oldest Catholic university. Serving approximately 5,700 students at its campuses in Chicago, Orland Park and its Loop location, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors; more than 40 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing; and a variety of program options in continuing and professional studies. Recognizing Saint Xavier’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked SXU consistently among the Best Colleges in the Midwest.