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Last modified: Wednesday, March 26, 2008

IU to host open house discussions on campus master plan

March 26, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University will host openhouse sessions next week at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and on the IU Bloomington campus to give the university community an opportunity to engage in the early stages of creating a comprehensive Campus Master Plan to guide future campus growth and development on its two largest campuses.

David King

David King, IU's master planner

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Two sessions are scheduled on the IU Bloomington campus, Wednesday (April 2), one from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Wells Library, and a second for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Wright Place Food Court. At IUPUI on Thursday (April 3), there will be a session from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the IUPUI Campus Center, with a second session scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., also in the IUPUI Campus Center.

Faculty, students and staff are encouraged to attend these sessions, where they will be asked by facilitators to identify relevant issues including parking, vehicular and pedestrian circulation, buildings and facilities, open space and the surrounding community.

IU President Michael A. McRobbie announced the necessity of creating a master plan for IU Bloomington and IUPUI last fall. He said that in the coming years, the university would face decisions with respect to construction of new facilities and renovation and repurposing of existing structures. It would be essential, he said, that there be a single plan integrating the needs of the two campuses to enable the university to maximize collaborative possibilities and minimize duplicative efforts.

In January, David King, a nationally renowned architect with the leading architectural company SmithGroup/JJR of Washington, D.C., was chosen to serve as IU's master planner. As national specialists in campus planning, they will guide the planning effort with a diverse consultant team that includes infrastructure, transportation and space planners. SmithGroup and JJR's project portfolio includes work on more than 200 campuses worldwide.

The planning process, which will include a close working relationship with the cities of Bloomington and Indianapolis, is expected to take approximately 12 months to complete.

After plans for IU Bloomington and IUPUI are finished, King will begin work on updating master plans for IU's campuses in Gary, Kokomo, New Albany, Richmond and South Bend.