Building for the FutureEducation and Arts Building
A $22 million renovation is underway on the Education and Arts Building. When completed in March of 2013, the 125,000-square-foot facility will change the face of the campus. The entrance will be on the mall side of campus rather than Ruskin Street. The red-brick exterior will be replaced by Indiana limestone. People will enter through a two-story, curvilinear lobby with a glass curtain wall. The first floor will include fine arts programs from the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts, the new art gallery, the Dental Education program, the dental clinic, a 126-seat lecture hall, a rehearsal hall, and numerous classrooms and meeting spaces.
A terrazzo stairway will lead to the second floor commons and mezzanine. Located on the second level will be the School of Education, the Educational Resource Center, studios for painting, drawing and digital media, along with offices, classroom, and work spaces. The roof will have five skylights for natural lighting. When exiting the building, people will pass through an exterior courtyard that will be adjacent to the art gallery.
Architecture Design Group (ADG) of South Bend worked with the IU Architect’s Office to design the project. Ziolkowski Construction of South Bend did the interior and exterior demolition. Gibson-Lewis of Mishawaka is the general contractor.
New Parking Lots
The tight parking situation at IU South Bend is much-improved with the completion of two new parking lots on Esther Street. The lots have about 170 parking spaces and were built on property IU South Bend has been acquiring for more than 20 years. Forty-four vacant houses were demolished to make room for the lots which feature lighting, emergency telephones, and landscaping.
Hungry students, faculty, and staff now have more options when it comes to eating on campus. The Northside Express is located near the entrance of the Campus Auditorium and offers make-your-own sandwiches, soup, salads, wraps, smoothies, and other food and drinks.
The main dining area on campus got a face-lift this summer. The University Grill in the Administration Building features a new kitchen, lights, floor, ceiling, furniture and two fireplaces. The menu includes freshly cooked hot lunch items and many other choices.
Biology Research Lab
An integrative biology research facility is being built in Northside Hall. Funded by a $595,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, the lab will provide spaced for DNA sequencing and genotyping, microscopy and microbial culture labs, and an expanded greenhouse with four rooms that will allow multiple simultaneous experiments.