Arnold J. Damen, S.J. Student Center

The Arnold J. Damen, S.J. Student Center is the new hub for student life on Loyola University Chicago’s Lakeshore Campus. Focused around a sun-filled atrium, the Damen Center’s networked and interlinked activity spaces accommodate student dining, collaborative learning spaces, student services offices, ecumenical faith worship spaces, offices for student groups, movie theater, retail, student lounge, and entertainment areas. This vibrant mix of comfortable and inviting spaces provides students with a new campus community center designed for study, dining, and play.


Loyola University Chicago


Chicago, IL


Architecture /
Campus Environments /
Campus Life /
Interior Design /
Campus Environments /


106,000 SF

LEED Silver



2015 National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Award for Outstanding Sports Facility

The Damen Center enhances the main gateway to campus on the north side and along the west quad, and its architecture provides a new face for Loyola’s student life. The design for the Damen Center incorporates a full renovation of an existing structure, new additions to expand the size of the facility, and a series of connection spaces, linking the Center to the renovated student athletic and recreation facilities (also designed and completed by SCB). The design marries Loyola’s traditional collegiate masonry architecture with high performance, daylit, energy efficient, environmentally friendly spaces that result in a LEED Silver rating and reflect the University’s commitment to sustainability.