The Indiana University Board of Trustees has approved four construction and renovation projects on the Bloomington campus:
- a $39.8 million, 125,000-square-foot building to house the School of Informatics and Computing.
- a $30 million conversion of two academic buildings to residence halls
- a $12 million, 34,000-square-foot addition to the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
- an $8 million upgrade of the Indiana Memorial Union’s Biddle Hotel.
The School of Informatics and Computing building is expected to bring together many facets of the school, including programs in computer science, informatics and library sciences, in a collaborative environment. The facility will include an innovation center, a series of team work rooms, meeting spaces, classrooms, faculty offices and a large lecture hall.
Goodbody Hall and Memorial Hall in Wells Quad will be renovated and converted from academic space to student housing. Both facilities were originally built as residence halls--Memorial Hall in 1924, and Goodbody Hall in 1936. The renovation will add 182 beds to student housing along with a 200-seat dining hall.
The School of Public and Environmental Affairs project calls for the construction a three-story, 34,000-square-foot space adjoining the school's existing building. It will be named the Paul H. O’Neill Graduate Center, in honor of the former U.S. Treasury Secretary and university alumnus. O'Neill donated $3 million toward construction of the facility.
The Indiana Memorial Union renovation will upgrade 189 guest rooms in the Biddle Hotel. It will include the installation of new furnishings, replacement of the current roof and updates to the electrical, lighting, plumbing, mechanical and telecommunications infrastructure.