Building for Excellence

Ensure that IU has the new and renovated physical facilities and infrastructure that are essential to achieve the Principles of Excellence, while recognizing the importance of historical stewardship, an environment that reflects IU’s values, and the imperative to meet future needs in accordance with long-term master plans.

New, expanded, and renovated facilities to support IU’s missions of education, research, and the long-term preservation of knowledge, are a central priority of the university. They are critical to recruiting and retaining the best faculty and researchers, to ensuring that IU remains competitive in research and scholarship, and to providing a high quality living and educational environment for IU students on all campuses. Numerous studies have shown that IU had fallen behind its Big Ten and other peers in the quality of its student accommodation and facilities and in the amount and functionality of its research and academic space. IU has also faced a major deferred maintenance problem for its physical facilities, which have a replacement value of over $8 billion.

McRobbie overlooking Indianapolis at an IUPUI building site

In response, over the last six years IU has completed, or has under construction or in planning, 56 major renovation or construction projects costing in total around $1.7 billion. Most of the new or renovated academic buildings support areas of major strength at IU—the building for the newly created School of Global and International Studies, for example, and buildings for the life, health and clinical sciences, arts and humanities, and information technology—while others provide new and enhanced student services or new student residences such as those at IU Southeast, IU South Bend, or University Tower at IUPUI, the repurposed former University Hotel.

Huge progress has been made on the plan to upgrade and renovate all student residence halls on the Bloomington campus, with the completion of new or renovated student residences at the Union Street Complex, the Tulip Tree Apartments, Briscoe Quad, the Rose Avenue Residence Hall, the Third and Union Apartment Complex, and the Forrest Dining Hall, as well as dozens of other smaller infrastructure and interior improvement projects. IU is more than halfway through this process of upgrade and renovation, and plans are in place for several other projects of new housing construction and major renovation. IU will accelerate the plan for the final stages of these upgrades so they are completed by the Bicentennial.

An inventory of deferred maintenance projects found that the total cost of rectifying these was approximately $625 million, comprising small projects totaling approximately $130 million, and large projects totaling approximately $495 million. It is expected that all of these projects will be complete and we will have “caught up” on projects in this category by the Bicentennial. The large projects mainly consist of “whole building” renovations. Here the strategy is to renovate and repurpose buildings on all campuses to ensure we make the best use of them in support of the core research and education missions of IU. These are buildings and facilities that have, in many cases, been funded by the people of Indiana going back, in some cases, over a century. In our next three biennial budget sessions leading up to the Bicentennial, we will prioritize requests for such whole building renovations.

People gathering in a part of IU's old crescent

On the IU Bloomington campus, the bulk of such renovations, comprising more than half of the total for all large projects at IU, form part of the extended Old Crescent renovation and related projects. This is in total the most ambitious renovation and repurposing project ever carried out at Indiana University. The goal is to renovate and return to student and academic use all the magnificent, iconic buildings that comprise the Old Crescent—the historic core of the IU Bloomington campus that dates back to the nineteenth century, including parts of the Indiana Memorial Union—and to repurpose the superb buildings that comprise the Wells Quad as the student residences they once were.

In Indianapolis, IU has recently acquired the Wishard Hospital buildings. These buildings comprise around a million square feet of space. Some are usable with little modification, some require substantial renovation, and some will have to be demolished. Overall, this new space provides an enormous opportunity for the health and clinical sciences at IU and for the IUPUI campus. IU is developing a plan for the comprehensive repurposing and renovation of this space in a coherent way, in line with the relevant master plans, by the IU Bicentennial.

Many buildings on the regional campuses have been extensively renovated to bring them to current standards, to install state-of-the-art equipment and infrastructure, to repurpose for new uses, and to contribute to the aesthetic integrity of the campus. Examples include the total renovation of the Education and Arts Building and Louise E. Addicott and Yatish J. Joshi Performance Hall at IU South Bend; the new Tamarack Hall at IU Northwest; and the Milt and Jean Cole Family Wellness and Fitness Center at IU Kokomo.

IU has also become a leader in high quality environmentally conscious design, and leads the Big Ten in LEED-certified green buildings with twelve certified to date, including four at the gold level (platinum is the highest certification). This strategy pays dividends for the life of each building in terms of occupant health and productivity, resource efficiency, life cycle cost savings, and retention of human capital.

Bicentennial Action Items

  1. IU will, subject to the provision of State and other external funding, eliminate all of IU’s deferred maintenance on all campuses, presently totaling about $625 million, with priority given to renovations critical to the most serious infrastructure and safety needs.
  2. Specifically, IU will develop a three-biennium request (FY2015–17, 2017–19, 2019–21) to the Indiana General Assembly, to include comparable IU resources, which would give priority to:
    1. Renovation and modernization of the Old Crescent and associated buildings at Bloomington (making the Old Crescent the core of student and academic life on the campus again);
    2. Renovation and modernization of the Wishard campus in Indianapolis as a true integrated health sciences campus in support of Bicentennial Priority Six;
    3. Renovation and modernization of major teaching and research laboratories and facilities;
    4. Completion of all “large” (that is “whole building”) R&R projects for all campuses; and
    5. Completion of all the “small” R&R projects for all IU campuses.
  3. IU will implement plans to solidify IU’s focus on efficient and environmentally conscious campus design and operation by:
    1. Completing and implementing pedestrian, transportation, and bicycle sub-master plans on each campus;
    2. Certifying all major new buildings with the LEED Green Building Certification System and elevate the minimum certification level to Gold;
    3. Continuing to explore and research a variety of energy and utility supply and delivery options that reflect changes in economies, demand, and climate variables;
    4. Achieving the goals for energy efficiency and emissions reductions called for in the Campus Master Plan and the Integrated Energy Master Plan for the IU Bloomington campus, and expanding that analysis to all campuses; and
    5. Increasing energy and utility system efficiency while reducing demand and consumption.
  4. IU will complete the renovation and upgrading of all student residences at IUB.
  5. IU will construct additional student residences on the IUPUI campus.
  6. IU will complete the IUB Athletics Master Plan.

Continuing Priorities

  • Develop all campuses in accordance with the current master plans
  • Focus new capital and major renovation projects on supporting IU’s new academic initiatives and its most productive academic units
  • Give special emphasis on all campuses to improving traffic flow, making them more “pedestrian and bicycle friendly,” and to improving parking and alternative modes of transportation for students, faculty, and staff
  • Enhance the built and natural environment on all campuses to continue to make the campuses attractive and beautiful places for those who work there, and their surrounding communities
  • Expand efforts to make all IU campuses more energy efficient and sustainable