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Last modified: Friday, February 19, 2010

IU trustees approve design of new music studio building, science and engineering lab

Feb. 19, 2010

KOKOMO, Ind. -- The Indiana University Board of Trustees today (Feb. 19) approved the design of a new Studio Building for the Jacobs School of Music at the IU Bloomington campus and approved construction of a new Science and Engineering Laboratory Building on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus.

Music Studio rendering

A rendering of the new IU Jacobs School of Music Studio Building.

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Trustees also gave the go-ahead to an estimated $2 million project to put a new roof on Assembly Hall in Bloomington.

The 85,000-square-foot Studio Building will be constructed on the northeast corner of Third Street and Jordan Avenue at an estimated total project cost of $44 million. The facility is expected to provide technologically and acoustically superior teaching and practice facilities to rival any music school or conservatory in the world, while also marking the entrance to the university's music and performing arts district.

The project also involves an addition to the west side of the Musical Arts Center that will accommodate about 20,000 square feet consisting of three large rehearsal rooms, a storage area, an audio control room, music technical shops and common spaces. Both additions are intended to complement the Jacobs School's existing facilities.

The new Studio Building will provide studio space with excellent acoustics and state-of-the-art wiring and technology, as well as more and larger practice and rehearsal rooms. In all, the structure will contain 84 studios for faculty and assistant instructors as well as 15 classrooms, administrative offices, graduate student spaces, mechanical support space, and a faculty lounge.

The estimated cost of the entire project is $44 million and is funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment.

The trustees approval will also set in motion the construction of the Science and Engineering Laboratory Building at IUPUI, the first step in an effort to meet the space needs of the Schools of Science (SOS) and Engineering and Technology (E&T).

Assembly Hall

Photo by Mike Dickbernd

Assembly Hall

Construction on the project will occur in two phases. Because research and teaching laboratories are a high priority, the first phase will be a multidisciplinary laboratory building containing about 45,000 square feet and will consist of laboratories and a vivarium.

The second phase will provide space for classrooms, teaching labs and meeting rooms as well as additional research laboratories and administrative offices for School of Science administration.

The total cost of Phase 1 is estimated at $25 million.

The Assembly Hall roof project is necessary because the original roof, which has been in place since the building was constructed in 1970-71, is at the end of its serviceable life span.

The old roof will be stripped down to the decking and replaced with a new insulated membrane roof. The project is estimated to cost $2 million and will be funded through the IU Athletic Department.