Loyola University saves energy with hinges from Securistyle


When Chicago’s Loyola University decided to combine its libraries and IT services in a new building known as the Information Commons, it turned to ASSA ABLOY Group company Securistyle for corrosion-resistant, energy-conserving window hinges.

Completed in 2008, the Information Commons is a 69,000 square foot digital research center on the shore of Lake Michigan. The facility uses a number of natural and mechanical systems – including Securistyle’s Parallel Plus hinge system – to provide a well-ventilated and sustainable environment for students while minimizing energy consumption.

The 21st century building offers not only the latest computer technology but also a team of experts to go with it, supporting the needs of students and staff alike. Founded on the philosophy of the three Cs – collaboration, connectivity and community – the Information Commons was designed to provide a flexible, open, empowering and comfortable environment.

The Parallel Plus hinge system allows for optimum ventilation through an open window, while restricting the opening sufficiently to ensure that nobody can climb in or fall out through the window.
The location of the building – in close proximity to Lake Michigan – provided another challenge, as it meant that corrosion resistance was an issue. Like all heavy duty hinges from Securistyle, the Parallel Plus is produced from austenitic stainless steel for enhanced corrosion resistance, and is backed by a 12-year guarantee.