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Last modified: Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Media advisory: Groundbreaking for the Field Laboratory, IU Bloomington's newest science building

Oct. 15, 2008

Field Laboratory

Photo by: Turner Construction Company

A representation of the Research and Teaching Preserve's Field Laboratory, IU's newest "green building."

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- On Monday, Oct. 20, at 1:30 p.m., Indiana University Bloomington VIPs and scientists will gather to celebrate the construction of a unique science building.

The Research and Teaching Preserve Field Laboratory, a "green" building with wet and dry lab space, offices and meeting facilities, is the first such structure built on university wooded lands with the principal purpose of advancing environmental science. The Field Lab will be located in an eastern alcove of the university-owned Griffy Woods on the north end of the IU Bloomington campus. The lab will provide a seamless interface between nature and modern research and teaching facilities. The lab will also be a data hub for real-time measurements of environment processes based on remote sensors placed in the preserve.

The Field Lab will be IU Bloomington's second LEED-certified building. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a certification program that uses nationally accepted benchmarks to assess the environmental friendliness of buildings and landscape projects. IU Bloomington's first LEED-certified structure is the new Optometry Clinic, which will be completed at the end of the month. The embrace of green buildings by university architects and administrators demonstrates the university's strong commitment to environmental responsibility.

WHAT: Groundbreaking for the Research & Teaching Preserve's new Field Laboratory, an environmentally sound, environmental science building

WHEN: Monday, Oct. 20, from 1:30 to 2 p.m.

WHERE: Griffy Woods, IU Bloomington. To reach the groundbreaking site, follow the Ind. 45/46 Bypass east from North Walnut Street. Turn left onto Matlock Road, just past the IU Foundation. Effortless, environmentally friendly transportation to the groundbreaking site will be provided. TV vehicles will be provided direct access.

WHO: IU Bloomington Provost Karen Hanson, IU Bloomington Vice Provost for Research Sarita Soni, IU Research & Teaching Preserve Director Keith Clay, and postdoctoral fellow Luke Flory, an RTP user who recently earned his Ph.D. in biology

TV: IU can provide video selects shortly after the event. Interested media should contact Dave Rust, University Communications, at 812-855-7019 or Two 90-second video packages will be available on Oct. 17.

For more information, please contact David Bricker at 812-856-9035 or or George Vlahakis at 812-855-0846 or