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Stay warm while getting around on campus

Jan 10, 2018
The tunnel that takes you over New York Street
The tunnel leading to the Natatorium is a quick – and warm – way over New York Street.Photo by Tim Brouk, IU Communications

This winter’s deep freeze cannot stop classes, research or innovation on the IUPUI  campus.

Temperatures dipped to dangerous levels and are still less than pleasant, but campus architects figured in awful weather when laying out their designs.

Did you know you can go all the way from the Science and Engineering Laboratory Building to the IU Natatorium without getting snowed on? It takes some minutes and a couple thousand steps, but it’s possible thanks to the numerous tunnels above – and one below – ground. 

Description of the following video:

[Video: One of the seated statues outside of SELB looking cold.]

[Sound effect: the statue is shivering.]

[Words appear: IUPUI Presents]

[Words appear: How to stay warm on campus – From SELB to the Natatorium in minutes!]

[Music: Upbeat electronic music kicks in.]

[Video: We go inside SELB.]

[Words appear: Get to the third floor!]

[Video: On the SELB sky bridge]

[Words appear: Looking good – and cold! – Indy … now get to the Science Building!

[Video: On a bridge between Science Building and Engineering Science and Technology Building]

[Words appear: Downstairs to the Engineering Science and Technology Building (SL)]

[Video: In the underground tunnel that connects the engineering buildings]

[Words appear: Underground jog to the Engineering/Technology Building (ET)]

[Video: Highlights of the Engineering and Technology Computing Resources area]

[Words appear: Old school … ]

[Video: Upstairs ET]

[Words appear: Up to the second floor for just a few seconds in the elements … Brrrrrr … ]

[Video: Through a walkway into SPEA buildings]

[Words appear: Onward through the Business/SPEA Building]

[Video: Through the Business/SPEA Building and shot of lava lamp-like floor tiles]

[Words appear: Trippy … ]

[Words appear: Through the Education/Social Work Building]

[Video: Onto the New York Street “gerbil tube”]

[Words appear: Over New York Street!]

[Video: Into the Natatorium atrium]

[Words appear: The Natatorium Atrium is tree-mendous!]

[Video: Into the Natatorium]

[Words appear: Almost there!]

[Video: Various Natatorium highlights]

[Words appear: You made it!]

[Video: IUPUI Fulfilling the Promise sign]

Starting with the third-floor skybridge in the Science and Engineering Laboratory Building, you can travel through IUPUI’s STEM headquarters as you move into the Science Building and then through the Engineering Science and Technology Building. Then you’re on the move underground to get to the School of Engineering and Technology building, through a tunnel that features murals on the walls and automatically opening doors.

A map of how to move around IUPUI without going outside
Be under a roof from Science and Engineering Laboratory Building all the way to the Natatorium.

On the way up to ground level, check out the Engineering and Technology Computing Resources area to see some old-school computer equipment that was utilized before you could spell IUPUI. 

While a roof will shield you from snow and rain, you do have to go outside for a few seconds in order to get access to the Business/SPEA Building. Then, it’s smooth sailing as you whisk yourself through the Education/Social Work Building, through a “gerbil tube” bridge over New York Street and then, after passing through a welcoming atrium with trees and shrubs, into the Natatorium. You made it! 

When the weather is frightful, IUPUI has you covered.

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