Construction, design projects approved for six IU campuses

Renovation projects on six Indiana University campuses were approved by the IU Board of Trustees at today's meeting of the Facilities and Auxiliaries Committee. The trustees met Thursday and today on the South Bend campus.

Thomas A. Morrison, IU vice president for capital planning and facilities, presented the requests, as well as design approvals for four projects on the Bloomington campus.

Project approval requests

The board approved the following renovation projects: renovation of the golf course and Phase III of the Old Crescent renovation in Bloomington; renovation of the Primary Care Center at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; and Multi-Campus Special Repair and Rehabilitation for Deferred Maintenance on the IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest and IU Southeast campuses.

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The new parking garage/office building will be located north of 11th Street between Forrest Avenue and Walnut Grove on the IU Bloomington campus. Photo courtesy of Indiana University

The golf course renovation will reconfigure the existing 18-hole championship and nine-hole par-3 courses into a new 18-hole championship course and driving range; a new clubhouse will also be built. The existing driving range will be developed into the neighboring IU Health Regional Academic Health Campus facilities. The renovation will provide play on new, challenging holes that take advantage of the existing topography while using ecological and sustainable design and maintenance methods. 

"The golf course renovation will be handled with the utmost care and concern for the environmental impact and sustainability of the course and surrounding landscape both now and in the future," Morrison said. "We have the opportunity to reinvigorate the course while taking advantage of design and ecological methods that were not available when the course was constructed in the mid-1950s."

The new, upgraded facility will include a distinctive course able to host tournament play and will remain open to the public and IU students, faculty and staff following the renovation.

"We are very appreciative of the Board of Trustees' approval, which will enable the Indiana University community to have a golf course worthy of the Indiana University name," Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass said. "I am most proud that the renovation will improve the environmental impact and sustainability of the golf course, enhance its economic viability, and preserve its public accessibility."

Ballantine Hall and Geological Sciences will be renovated as the third phase of the multiphase Old Crescent Plan to modernize the older buildings on the Bloomington campus. Renovations will include new, energy-efficient heating and air conditioning and updates to plumbing, electrical systems, roofs, windows, classrooms and accessibility features.

"The third phase of the Old Crescent renovation will continue our efforts to rejuvenate our older buildings on the Bloomington campus, which are crucial to our academic mission," Morrison said. "Likewise, the multicampus deferred maintenance projects are part of our ongoing goal to provide safe and effective learning and work environments while reducing our deferred maintenance backlog."

Design approval requests

Four design approval requests for the Bloomington campus were also presented and approved.

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A new volleyball/wrestling indoor arena will be constructed next to Cook Hall on Fee Lane on the IU Bloomington campus. Photo courtesy of Indiana University

The new Parking Garage/Office Building, north of 11th Street between Forrest Avenue and Walnut Grove, will contain a parking garage with about 650 spaces and an administrative office building totaling about 55,000 gross square feet. The garage will have two entries/exits: one at the lowest level along Walnut Grove and another at level three on the west side of the facility. The administrative area will include three levels of modern, flexible office space to accommodate a variety of users over time. A mix of open and enclosed work areas and conference and collaboration areas will be provided.

An addition to the Fine Arts Studio Building, dedicated to studios and lab spaces, will increase the current structure by about 30,000 gross square feet on two stories with a ground level. About 10,000 square feet of existing unfinished space will be built out as part of the project. Accommodations for an outdoor kiln structure and area will be made as well. The facility, at 13th Street and Woodlawn Avenue, will house many of the fine arts programs currently in the Arts Annex (former Central Stores), Graduate Printmaking and the McCalla School. Other School of Art and Design occupants will include printmaking, ceramics, painting and sculpture. 

On the athletics campus, a new indoor arena will be constructed for the volleyball and wrestling programs next to Cook Hall on Fee Lane. The 3,000-seat facility will have permanent grandstands on the east and west sides, with telescoping bleachers on the north and south sides. Concessions and ticketing will be in the grand lobby. The arena will accommodate volleyball/wrestling events as well as special events such as summer basketball camps. Also included in the project will be volleyball and wrestling home-team locker rooms, visitor locker rooms and volleyball offices.

A campus gateway with a limestone sign wall similar to those found elsewhere on the Bloomington campus will be added at the corner of Seventh Street and Indiana Avenue. The gateway will serve both the western edge of campus and Dunn Meadow and will include limestone piers, columns, a landscape bed and ornamental plantings in addition to the sign wall.