Grant Hall is the first building in the University of Illinois system to utilize geothermal heating and cooling. While this project did not seek LEED® certification, the renewal demonstrates and utilizes sustainable design strategies beyond structural reuse. The project served as a successful test case to prove the value of sustainable and green building design on the UIC campus.
- 81% of geothermal well funded by Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation. The system provides significant energy cost savings and has been scaled to include Lincoln Hall.
- The high-efficiency HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning) system improves indoor air quality and reduced operating costs.
- Window upgrades and glazing increase indoor exposure to natural light and exterior views to 99% of regularly occupied spaces.
- Directional daylight shading management controls light intensity for maximum comfort in the learning environments.
- Interior materials include low-VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) finishes and high recycled-content furniture.
- Native or drought-tolerant species used in site landscaping requires no irrigation system.