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IU's new construction website shares progress on building projects

Apr. 16, 2014

A recently launched website, Building a Stronger IU, details progress on the 130 buildings being constructed or renovated on IU campuses, including current and completed projects from July 2007 to present. Buildings can be searched by date or alphabetical order, as well as by campus, budget, status (complete, under construction or in planning) or funding souce (external, internal or state).

Hodge Hall construction

The renovation and expansion of the Kelley School of Business' Hodge Hall, shown under construction, includes upgrades that will produce substantial energy savings.

Visitors to the site can even watch real-time video of progress on the latest construction projects, including the Kelley School of Business addition and the Global and International Studies Building in Bloomington.

Other projects in the queue of 130 are the Arts and Sciences Building at IU Northwest, Multi-Campus Deferred Maintenance projects at IU Southeast, IU South Bend and IU Kokomo, and the IU School of Medicine Laboratory Center for Drug Discovery: Wishard/Dunlap Lab Expansion at IUPUI.

The site advances No. 8 on President Michael A. McRobbie's Principles of Excellence, Building for Excellence, which will:

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 masterplans.

Integrated Energy Master Plan

University officials told the Board of Trustees on April 11 that IU is well on its way to investing nearly $11.5 million in projects that reduce energy consumption under the guidance of the December 2012 IU Bloomington Integrated Energy Master Plan.

The figure encompasses building renovation and rehabilitation projects that include replacing outdated lighting and mechanical systems with more efficient modern systems. More than half the projects have been completed or are under construction. Others are in the design or planning phases.

"Indiana University is taking strategic steps to improve the efficiency of campus buildings and utility systems," said Tom Morrison, IU vice president for capital planning and facilities. "The Integrated Energy Master Plan will guide the campus in its efforts to conserve energy, reduce carbon emissions and ultimately lower energy costs for students and taxpayers."

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