The Facilities and Auxiliaries Committee of the Indiana University Board of Trustees met Thursday and approved three architectural designs – two for the Bloomington campus and one in Indianapolis – and one project for a planning study in Indianapolis. The trustees met Thursday and today on the IUPUI campus.
Presented by Vice President for Capital Planning and Facilities Thomas A. Morrison, the Bloomington campus designs included a renovation of the golf course and the renovation and relocation of the Metz Carillon.
The redesigned golf course, which will include a new clubhouse and driving range, will feature new hole layouts that challenge beginning through advanced golfers. The course also will be revitalized by returning part of the current course to native landscape, including the addition of about 70 acres of new trees, shrubs and other plantings to replace and augment dead or diseased trees.
Golfers will be able to choose from several tee box locations, and the greens will be designed for the approach shots of many skill levels. The par-71 course has a maximum yardage of about 7,700 yards and a minimum of about 4,500 yards, depending on the tee location selected.
The new clubhouse with cart storage and an attached outdoor covered pavilion will be near the Indiana University Foundation, along with the driving range. The clubhouse will include visual references to the campus including stone accents and an exterior clock with details reminiscent of the Frances Morgan Swain Student Building tower clock. The interior will include a golf shop, a space for alumni, casual dining and snack bar, and public restrooms/locker rooms.
“We are very appreciative of the Board of Trustees’ approval, which enables the Indiana University community to have a golf course worthy of the Indiana University name,” Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass said. “The renovation will improve the environmental impact and sustainability of the golf course, enhance its economic viability, preserve its public accessibility, and provide a first-class course for our varsity teams to practice and compete on.”
At the intersection of three existing pathways in the Arboretum, the new 162-foot tower housing the Metz Carillon will serve as a beacon and gathering place for the campus. The carillon’s current bells will be refurbished and four new bells added to upgrade the instrument to 65 bells, making it a grand carillon. Six vertical limestone piers will form the primary structure of the tower, with smaller vertical stone fins forming a radial structure and horizontal steel rings unifying the tower and providing bracing. A glass enclosure above the instrument’s bells and playing chamber will provide evening illumination. The radial structure of the tower will be reinforced in the plaza below, which will include benches to encourage use of the plaza as a gathering place.
“The design for the new grand carillon is an exciting opportunity to celebrate the university’s bicentennial at the heart of campus,” said architect Susan Rodriguez of Susan T. Rodriguez Architecture and Design. ”A vertical beacon, both day and night, we hope that the new limestone tower will become an important symbol and focal point at the intersection of student life, music and the magnificent landscape of the Arboretum.”
For the IUPUI campus, the design of two new campus gateways was approved: one at the corner of Michigan and West streets, and the other at New York and West streets. A series of landscape mounds along West Street between the two gateway markers also will visually distinguish the campus from the surrounding city.
The gateways will be composed of limestone, stainless steel, precast concrete and glass, and they will be illuminated at night to clearly mark these major entries into the campus. Also included in the design proposal were landscape enhancements for the medians on Michigan Street between West Street and Porto Alegre Street, and for New York Street south of parking lot 63.
A study for the development of a sports district aimed at strengthening Indianapolis’ position as a leader in sports industry also was approved for the IUPUI campus. The study will assess current space utilization, facilities and infrastructure in an effort to co-locate several sports-related organizations and facilities. This physical proximity will provide and increase collaborative opportunities in education and innovation for sports industry and Indiana University students, faculty and staff. The project will be coordinated by Indiana University with the Indiana Sports Corp. and the State of Indiana.
Beth Feickert is a capital planning project specialist for the IU Office of the Vice President for Capital Planning and Facilities.