The Finishing Touches

Photo by Ellen Bauch // The PHOENIX

Loyola completes Schreiber Center, home of Quinlan School of Business

Photo by Ellen Bauch // The PHOENIX
Photo by Ellen Bauch // The PHOENIX


The Quinlan School of Business has a new home in the $67 million, 10-floor Schreiber Center, located on the corner of State and Pearson streets at Loyola’s Water Tower Campus. The new building opened to faculty and staff during the first week of August and will host classes on the first day of the fall semester.

The building was designed by architectural firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz, which has designed Loyola buildings for the past 10 years, and built by Power Construction.

Work on the business school’s new location began in June 2013 and, although most of the construction is completed, final aesthetics are still being installed.

The completion of the building means the business school will no longer be headquartered in Maguire Hall. Instead, it will house the Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago, the world’s first Jesuit community college.

The new building features a skyward-soaring glass facade and spacious lounges, which Quinlan School of Business Communication Director Anne Divita Kopacz said capture the community-focused aspect of Loyola’s Jesuit education.

“We want [the community] to see what we’re doing as a school. We want [the community] to be a part of what we’re doing as a school,” said Divita Kopacz.

The community aspect of the Schreiber Center is immediately apparent in the Nancy and Alvin Gorman Family “Great Stairs.” The large-stepped staircase on the ground floor of the building is modeled after the Spanish Steps in Rome and intended to be conducive for studying, relaxing and meeting friends.

The Schreiber Center’s 10 classrooms are also designed to encourage community and collaboration — the eighth floor’s Active Learning Classroom is dedicated to group work with a flatscreen monitor at every table. The CME Group Foundation Financial Services and Business Analytics Lab (complete with Bloomberg Terminals) has six-sided desks that can be grouped together to facilitate teamwork.

Divita Kopacz said the classrooms are “showstoppers,” and that collaboration is a hallmark of modern business.

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A landing in the new Schreiber Center. Photo credit: Heather Eidson // Flickr

A modern business building begs for modern sustainable technology, and the Schreiber Center was built with LEED Silver certifications in mind. Its “double facade” glass front is one of three such windows in Chicago (one other is at Loyola’s Information Commons). Windows are opened, closed and shaded automatically based on temperatures in and outside the building.

“For 15 percent of the year it will be neither heated nor air conditioned,” Divita Kopacz said.

Quinlan’s new dean, Kevin Stevens, expressed praise for the building and optimism for the business program.

“Every aspect of [the Schreiber Center’s] design supports our work to prepare responsible business leaders, and strengthens Loyola’s connections to Chicago’s business, nonprofit and government leaders,” Stevens said. “The Schreiber Center is the future of business education.”

The future of business education is soon to be the current state of business education as classes begin Aug. 24.

Senior Hannah Toohey, a 20-year-old marketing and information systems double-major, said she’s looking forward to having classes in the new building, even if it’s just for one year.

“Maguire is an outdated space, and our business school has been making great strides since the Quinlan donation a few years ago,” said Toohey. “Building a new home for the Quinlan School of Business seemed like an organic next step.”

Sophomore Megan Mills said she was happy with the business school’s old location, but she is enthusiastic to start classes in the new building.

“I don’t really know why we need a new [building],” said the 19-year-old marketing major. “But I’m excited to be one of the first people to set foot in [the Schreiber Center].”

Mills’ aunt, Jennifer Chan, is a graduate of the class of 1990 with a degree in personnel management. She says Loyola still updates her with changes on campus.

“The school of business definitely is trying to be part of the community more and offering the students more of a global look at business,” Chan said. “I haven’t been here for a long time so it’s exciting to see the changes. I still truly feel that the education I got here was amazing.”

The grand opening ceremony for the Schreiber Center is scheduled for Sept. 15.

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