Site, architectural designs approved at Board of Trustees meeting
Feb. 3, 2017
A site design for the Regional Academic Health Center/Academic Health Sciences Building in Bloomington, as well as architectural designs for the renovation of the Eskenazi Museum of Art in Bloomington and construction of a new housing lodge in New Albany, were approved by the Indiana University Board of Trustees at today’s Facilities and Auxiliaries Committee meeting.
As presented by IU Vice President for Capital Planning and Facilities Thomas A. Morrison, the site design for the new multifaceted health center describes a facility next to the State Road 45/46 Bypass for accessibility from existing roadways, with plans to add access roads, sidewalks and surface parking throughout the site.
Also included will be an entry plaza and gardens, as well as a woodland prairie, to visually incorporate the facility into the existing natural landscape and provide areas of respite for patients, visitors, staff and students. Specific plans related to architectural design of the buildings, hardscape, and placement of utility services and parking will be presented for approval at a future meeting.
“This site provides wonderful opportunities to expand upon the natural setting with gardens, landscaped parking and other features that will enhance the experience for all who study, work and receive care here,” Morrison said. “The design takes advantage of the existing topography to incorporate the facility without losing the trees and rolling landscape that make this site unique.”
Connections to the existing natural setting also were presented in the renovation design of the Eskenazi Museum of Art. The museum will receive hardscape improvements to create direct access from the Arboretum to the existing sculpture terrace and a new second-floor entrance, as well as an outdoor gathering space.
Inside the museum, renovated and expanded galleries will redefine the role of the facility as the “ultimate teaching museum.” Four new museum centers will be created in curatorial studies, conservation, education and works on paper. The renovations will also include a new lecture hall, a new café and shop, new teaching and study spaces, and areas to get behind-the-scenes views of museum activities.
“We are Indiana’s treasure house for the art of the world, providing exceptional opportunities for all to engage with the visual arts,” said David A. Brenneman, the Wilma E. Kelley Director of the Eskenazi Museum of Art. “Our renovation will enable us to add more learning spaces, employ new technologies for the study and appreciation of works of art, and better display our excellent permanent collection. All of these upgrades will make us an even more effective teaching institution, a model university art museum of the 21st century for Indiana University and for the people of the state of Indiana.”
The design of the new housing lodge on the IU Southeast campus substantially models that of the existing 87-bed Meadow Lodge to provide consistency in appearance and function with existing lodges. The new two-story lodge will be south of Grove Lodge, becoming the sixth student housing lodge on campus. The new building will consist of 87 beds located in 24 apartment-style units.