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Last modified: Monday, October 25, 2010

Indiana University to dedicate Union Street Center

What: Dedication of Union Street Center residence complex
Who: Trustees of Indiana University, President Michael A. McRobbie, Provost Karen Hanson
When: 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26
Where: Cedar Hall Auditorium, Union Street Center, 445 N. Union St., Bloomington

Oct. 25, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University on Tuesday (Oct. 26) will formally dedicate Union Street Center, the first new residential complex to open on the IU Bloomington campus in more than 40 years.

The dedication will take place at 1:30 p.m. in Cedar Hall Auditorium, part of the Union Street Center, which opened its doors at the start of the fall 2010 semester. Following the ceremony, there will be a reception in the center's atrium and tours of the facility.

Union Street Center

Photo by Aaron Bernstein

Union Street Center

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Speakers will include IU President Michael A. McRobbie; IU Bloomington Provost and Executive Vice President Karen Hanson; Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan; Patrick Connor, executive director of IU Residential Programs and Services; and Vincennes University President Emeritus Philip M. Summers, an adjunct faculty member at IU Bloomington and chair of the Campus Housing Advisory Committee.

Union Street Center offers one-, two-, and four-bedroom units to undergraduate students. All apartments are fully furnished and feature energy-efficient appliances, granite countertops, fully carpeted living rooms and bedrooms, ceramic bathroom flooring, wooden kitchen flooring, air conditioning, card-access security, cable television, wireless Internet service and insulated windows.

Amenities include fitness areas, the Hoosier Café and Store, a Hutton Honors College residential community, a student government office, classrooms and seminar rooms, and, in Cypress Hall, courtyard views from every apartment.

The $70 million facility houses 827 residents in seven buildings, all named after trees that dot what has been called one of the nation's most beautiful campuses: Hickory, Birch, Cedar, Linden, Cypress, Beech and Pine. The buildings are located within easy walking distance of all parts of campus.

The center is constructed of split-face Indiana ashlar limestone from nearby quarries. The design reflects the "collegiate Gothic" style prevalent on the IU Bloomington campus. The architectural firm for the project was RATIO Architects of Indianapolis; the general contractor was F.A. Wilhelm Construction Co. of Indianapolis.

Note to media: Several housing units at Union Street Center will be open for viewing and photography after the reception. Student residents will be available to interview.