Institute of Environmental Sustainability
Loyola University began construction on a 216,000 sq. ft. project that includes a new student dormitory, renovation of an existing high-rise convent building and a new addition to the existing high-rise. Elara Engineering was hired to design the Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Fire Protection and Information Technology (MEPFPIT) systems for the project.
In May 2013, Elara won the USGBC Illinois' Chapter Emerald Award for High Performance Green Innovation for its engineering design work for Cuneo Hall at Loyola University.
The Student Life and Recreation Center at Olivet Nazarene University received $276,000 in utility incentives and $90,000 in a grant for its energy efficient design.
Don McLauchlan, principal at Elara, was awarded Chapter Energy Engineer of the Year by the Association of Energy Engineers at the annual dinner on October 24, 2013.
The mission of Loyola University Chicago's Institute of Environmental Sustainability (IES) is to engage students in understanding and responding to local and global environmental issues.