Project Owner

Loyola University


Loyola University

Services Provided

Phase I/II & III Design & Construction Guidance Services


Chicago, IL

Year of Construction


Loyola University-Renovation and Remodeling Ignatius House Loyola Residence


HBM Engineering Group played a pivotal role in the transformation of Loyola University’s residence building. The project involved a comprehensive renovation of an existing four-story structure and the addition of four new floors, covering an expansive area of 15,700 square feet. The scope included a diverse range of spaces, from dining halls and kitchens to chapels, residence rooms, and administrative areas.

HBM’s Scope:

  • Structural Engineering
  • Construction Engineering

Architectural Enhancement: The new addition brought a vibrant mix of community and administrative spaces, strategically integrated to enhance the overall functionality of the building. This expansion not only addressed the immediate spatial needs but also aimed at providing a modern and aesthetically pleasing environment for the university community.

Structural Ingenuity: Incorporating a blend of structural systems, the project showcased HBM’s engineering prowess. The four-story areas utilized a 12” hollow-core precast floor system supported by steel beams, ensuring both efficiency and load-bearing capacity. In the one- and three-story sections, steel joists and a 5 ½” composite concrete slab floor system were employed, demonstrating a tailored approach to structural design.

Advanced Modeling Techniques: The project leveraged cutting-edge technology, including Finite Element Modeling using SAP 2000. This approach allowed for a precise reflection of the structure’s geometry, with beams and columns modeled as line elements. The construction stage frame was strategically incorporated to simulate the stability conditions throughout the construction phase.

Systems Upgrade: Beyond the architectural and structural components, HBM oversaw the integration of new mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems. The existing four-story building underwent significant upgrades, including the installation of a fire-rated stairway, ensuring compliance with safety standards.

Innovation in Design and Construction: The Loyola University project stands as a testament to HBM’s commitment to innovative design, structural integrity, and seamless construction. The collaboration with the university resulted in a modernized and expanded facility, catering to the evolving needs of the academic community.

The Loyola University's renovation and remodeling showcases HBM Engineering Group's commitment to delivering innovative solutions and overcoming complex challenges in the realm of infrastructure design.