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Last modified: Thursday, August 28, 2008

IU Jacobs School announces architects for new $44,000,000 building

Award-winning architects Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf and Flad partner to create North Studio Building

Aug. 29, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Trustees of Indiana University have selected the architects for the internationally acclaimed Jacobs School of Music's new North Studio Building. The building is funded by a $44 million gift from the Lilly Endowment.

The North Studio Building -- to be built north of the current Music Building Addition (also known as "the round building") on Third Street -- will be designed by Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf (BDMD) Architects of Indianapolis and Flad Architects of Madison, Wis. It will accommodate faculty teaching studios as well as music practice rooms, classrooms, offices and rehearsal rooms.

"The combination of the two firms, BDMD of Indianapolis and Flad of Madison, Wis., will give the university and the Jacobs School of Music the best possible chance to deliver an outstanding new music facility," said J. Terry Clapacs, IU vice president and chief administrative officer. "Both firms are nationally recognized for their design excellence and ability to create university facilities that are also very functional. We are anxious to get started with the planning."

Jacobs School of Music Dean Gwyn Richards said the new building will further enhance the school's already world-class reputation and strengthen its ability to attract faculty and students well into the future. "The combination of these two creative firms and their principle architects, David Black and Jonathan Hess, has proven to be a "dream team," as predicted by Vice-President Clapacs," said Richards.

"He knew their work individually and anticipated the joining of the two to be an unbeatable, exhilarating experience, and he was right," Richards added. "We have him, University Architect Robert Meadows and many others on the Bloomington campus to thank for their guidance. Most of all, we express our gratitude to the Lilly Endowment for this exceptional opportunity that will place resources and untold opportunity and potential within the reach of our faculty and students."

Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf Architects is pleased to be part of a project for a school that brings so much prestige and culture to the Midwest. The firm will share the design leadership role with Flad Architects and be the architect-of-record for the project.

"The Jacobs School of Music is recognized internationally," said Jonathan R. Hess, president of BDMD. "It plays a key role in educating not just its students, but also performers, music educators who influence music performance and scholars."

Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf were also the primary architects for the Student Recreational Sports Center at IU Bloomington, the Herron School of Art and Design at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and Butler University's Performing Arts Complex.

David Black, design principal of Flad Architects, said his firm's goal in working with architects from Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf, the Jacobs School, and officials on IU's campus, is to create a building that will be immediately identifiable as an IU building. It should look at home with the existing Indiana limestone structures on campus, Black said.

Flad has designed two other IU Bloomington buildings: the recently completed Simon Hall -- which won high honors in R&D Magazine's 2008 "Lab of the Year" competition as well as an American Institute of Architects Design Award -- and the Multidisciplinary Science Building II, currently under construction on North Walnut Grove.

"We've been able to interpret the character of campus and make sure the rich history of campus is represented," said Black. "It's important to observe the features of the campus's open space, building forms and even the subtleties of the way the stone is worked.

"We listen to the aspirations of the school and the image they want to project within the context of the university," he continued. "We and our partner firm always keep that in mind and reflect it in our model forms and presentations. A spark of an idea often generates conversation, so we strive to keep the conversation open. It's our way of making sure we end up with a project that meets everyone's goals."

From left to right: Jonathan Hess (Architect), Bob Richardson (Associate University Architect), Mary Wennerstrom (Associate Dean for Instruction, Jacobs School), Eugene O'Brien (Executive Associate Dean, Jacobs School), David Black (Architect), Gwyn Richards (Dean, Jacobs School), Robert Meadows (University Architect, IU).

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Craig Mullins, project director from Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf Architects, said that in addition to the North Studio Building, the project involves pre-schematic planning for future phases for the continued growth of facilities at the Jacobs School.

"This future long-term vision is important so that the Jacobs School of Music has a road map for its future needs," Mullins said. "To be involved with a music program that is a global leader in music education and performance is an honor for us. We're excited about the influence that this building can have on continued performance excellence for the performers, scholars, teachers and students of Indiana University and the state of Indiana."

About Flad Architects

Flad is an architectural firm specializing in the planning and design of facilities for academic, healthcare and science and technology clients worldwide. Flad's staff of 300 professionals works from full-service offices in Madison, Wis.; San Francisco, Calif.; Stamford, Conn.; Atlanta, Ga.; Raleigh, N.C. and Gainesville and Tampa, Fla. Over the years, the firm's projects have earned numerous awards for design excellence, most recently from the American Institute of Architects and R&D Magazine's Lab of the Year program, both for Indiana University's Simon Hall. For more on Flad, go to:

About Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf Architects

Founded in 1967, Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf Architects is one of the leading architectural, planning and landscape architectural design firms in Indiana. The staff of more than 50 professionals works on a range of projects that include academic, religious, commercial, government, health care, preservation, landscape design, museums, corporate, residential and athletics facilities. To date, the firm has been recognized with more than 150 design awards. For more on BDMD Architects, go to