Loyola Water Tower Campus Planning

The Water Tower Campus of Loyola University Chicago is located adjacent to the North Michigan Avenue shopping district in the heart of a high-density residential zone. SCB was engaged by the University to create a master plan for underutilized University-owned parcels and their existing academic and administrative buildings.


Loyola University


Chicago, IL


Architecture /
Campus Environments /
Learning Environments /
Campus Life /
Student Residential /
Planning /
Campus Planning /

The goal was to strengthen the University’s visibility and identify redevelopment opportunities for new academic and student life facilities as part of a market-rate, long-term, strategic expansion program.

The master plan and guidelines identified development sites that included obsolete academic buildings zoned by the City for high-rise development. SCB prepared development scenarios that were used to solicit proposals from private developers, resulting in a high-rise, market-rate, senior housing development that combined University functions on the lower levels. Additional completed projects that were programmed and designed by SCB include a 25-story, University-led, mixed-use student center and student residential tower, and a new business school.

Services included existing building utilization assessment; renovation conceptual costing and scheduling; streetscape, building envelope, and use guidelines; phasing strategies for future buildings and infrastructure; preparation of development strategies for private developer RFP; programming for a new student life facility; programming for a new business school; and community facilitation.