Loyola University Chicago Celebrates Grand Opening of New Practice Facility

August 26, 2019
Architecture Sustainability Interior Design Sports

The Alfie Norville Practice Facility, designed by RDG, creates a premier campus and recruiting asset.

Loyola University Chicago celebrated the official opening of the Alfie Norville Practice Facility, a new first-in-class space that offers Loyola student-athletes opportunities for growth and leadership and helps transform Loyola athletics. Members from the RDG Planning & Design team joined representatives from the university and for the celebration.

RDG’s design for the 32,500-SF facility allows flexibility in usage to enhance team building, chemistry and overall performance in every program. It fills a critical need for Loyola’s student-athletes and provides dedicated space to practice for the men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball programs. The “Alfie” also enhances the Rambler brand, serving as a recruiting advantage to secure top-level talent year in and year out. 

In keeping with Loyola’s commitment to sustainability, the practice facility is designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification through its green roof, permeable paving in the landscaping and energy-efficient heating and cooling. The facility has already been honored as a 2019 USG and NACDA Sustainability Award Winner.

View a timelapse of the Alfie’s construction here.

Written by Erin Van Zee, Communications Director