IPS pledge: Fence is temporary

September 28, 2007
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IPSThe second- and third-floor parking levels of the Indianapolis Public Schools headquarters will remain surrounded on three sides by a chain-link fence at least until the spring, a school district official said today. The unsightly fence will come down next year, but it isn't clear yet what will replace it. The limestone that previous hid the parking levels was removed so workers could shore up the structure. Replacing the stone could be prohibitively expensive for the financially strapped school district, adding another $1 million or more to the $2.3 million project. Any ideas for what they could do?
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  • Put clear glass around it? And add ground level retail to increase revenue? I think that would be real nice! ALSO, what ever happened to the old bus depot off Mass Ave. they could make a CRAPload of money if they sold it!
  • At the very least they could cover it with some sort of decorative lattice. The chain link fence simply looks hideous, particularly on a structure in such a higly visible area.
  • Are workers still repairing the building, or is that part of the project complete, and only the facade treatment remains?

    And, what was done with the limestone that was removed? Could it have been salvaged?
  • just like IPS. not looking down the path. you take it down. you have got to put something back up.
  • Bob is a real bright one, for sure. It is not a business, you genious. Everything
    relies on government money.

    No way for ground retail, it is filled with offices and where they hold
    school board meetings.

    The building is strange because the parking garage is in the middle of the
    building, between levels of offices.

    When hoosiers stop crying about taxes, I'm sure a nice decorative exterior
    can replace the holes.
  • There is something that looks an awful lot like stacks of the facade pieces in an IPS warehouse parking lot near the corner of Washington and Oriental.

    This is a catch-22. The building is an ugly brutalist structure with the panels on. It's an ugly modification to take them off.

    How about re-using the black windows and panels being removed from the old INB tower? Or EIFS panels with another Wyland mural all the way around?
  • Instead of renovating this structure, IPS should have sold the building and moved their administrative offices into one of the school buildings they plan to close. As part of this plan, IPS should have also reduced its administrative personnel overhead. For an organization whose student population is shrinking every year and embarking on a $1 billion+ building campaign, this would have made sense.

    The new owner could have demolished the structure, turned it into parking, and waited until the market was better for a new building. While I think that surface parking lots are a scourge on the downtown landscape, in this case it would have been a blessing.
  • Why tear it down? Just sell it, then turn it into like Class B office space & incoporate some ground level retail! It's really not that difficult ladies & gentlemen.
  • This qualifies as real estate news? Really?
  • I agree - IPS wastes WAY too much money... as far as closing the school buildings goes, however - whatever happened to Dr. White's plan to return to neighborhood schools, and reduce the transportation expenditures (BIG waste there! Buses driving around in circles just to take kids across the street!
  • Older than Mom: Sure seems like real estate news to me. Anyone else think building renovations have nothing to do with real estate?
  • well said joe kerr...and i agree with cory - this does qualify as news.
  • Kyle, in the real world. And in government. YOU BUDGET THE WHOLE AMOUNT OF THE PROJECT FIRST. “Demo - fix – (façade) replacement”. It’s called the scope of work. You can not tale me that IPS don’t know they would have to spend money to replace the façade when they started this project. AND they should have BUDGETED that amount before starting. This is a text book case of IPS not thinking ahead. I'm sure they don't want to replace it. The facade server no purpose But to hide parking. I bet they where just planning on leaving it like this and say we’re to poor to fix it. Or we have to spend tax money some bull S**T like that. LIKE THEY DID!

    Anyway, It's IS a B**t ugly building and it needs to be wiped of the face of the earth before it don's anymore harm to the world of architecture.
  • Cory IS right this is entirely news worthy... It's nice to keep informed with building developments no matter what they may be. Thank you Cory, you do a fine job!
  • I agree with Mom, this doesn't seem terribly newsworthy, but then again this isn't my blog. There's some newly installed jersey barriers that have been installed in Broad Ripple that might make a good brief.
  • Simple solution - have IPS students create large murals on boards, then use those to replace the limestone blocks that were removed.
  • ArchiTrashSure: that's actually a really good idea. IPS students decorate snow plows every year to be on display on the cirlce - surely they could do this instead.

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