IUPUI plans to build $45 million residence hall

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IUPUI hopes to build a $45 million residence hall for 700 students on the campus in time for the 2016-17 academic year, the university announced Friday afternoon.

An exact site has not been chosen for the building, but the university said a location close to University Tower at 900 W. Michigan St. is being explored.

University officials say the residence hall is needed to address an 800-student waiting list for campus housing.

Fewer than 2,000 of IUPUI’s roughly 30,500 students reside on campus, but that number has been growing in recent years.

University Tower, formerly known as University Place Hotel, was converted into a 560-student residence hall that opened a year ago, but the housing waiting list has quadrupled over the past two years, university officials said.

“Each year we continue to attract highly qualified, first-time full-time students, and we are seeing a significant increase in the number of students who desire an on-campus living experience in Indianapolis’ downtown,” IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz said in a prepared statement. “By creating a vibrant living and learning facility in the heart of campus yet near opportunities for internships, we will enhance student learning, promote student development and success, and support IUPUI’s educational mission and goals.”

IUPUI said a consultant retained more than a year ago to conduct a marketing-and-demand analysis for general campus needs determined the need for additional housing.

The IU Board of Trustees has approved a request to proceed with the design and construction. The project still requires approval from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and the State Budget Committee.

The estimated cost of $45.2 million will be funded through revenue bonds repaid with $41.7 million in IUPUI Housing Operating Funds and $3.5 million in Campus Funds designated for the project.

Estimated completion for the project is 2016.


  • GO JAGS!
    Lee, name me a big 10 school in a city of Indy's size other than OSU in Columbus. Major college programs generally aren't in bigger cities in part due to the competition that would create with pro sports teams. It's no accident that Columbus is the largest city east of the Mississipi without any of the big 3 professional sports. In Columbus, OSU IS their NBA and NFL. No, Indy does great with HOSTING major college sports events like the B10 football and b'ball championships, the Final 4, and as the host city of the college sports governing body (NCAA). A major college sports program on top of all that would only compete for the limited sports dollar with the Pacers, Colts, Indy500 and B'yard 400 in an already smallish television market. IUPUI does great as the urban alternative to its bookend flagship parents to the north and south, altho more housing opps for its students is a good thing. Go Jags!
  • Do some of you know what IUPUI is?
    IUPUI offers degrees and classes from both Indiana University and Purdue university. However, the physical campus is run by IU only. That's why Purdue has nothing to do with this building. Campus housing is IU's responsibility, not Purdue's. IUPUI is an extension campus for both universities. Depending on how you see things it is already in the Big 10 because both parent universities are in the Big 10 OR IUPUI isn't in the Big 10 because it runs its own athletic department and jointed the conferences it wants to join. I'm glad more housing is being built as IUPUI needs to have less of a commuter college identity and more of its own identity. Having students live on campus will help with that.
  • Chris: It looks bad
    It may not be as bad as some have made it out to be, but it looks bad. And for such a prominent location, it looks very bad, very institutional, and very much like a building that is going to deteriorate rapidly. It's sad when a Res Inn facade that is more than a decade old is visually more appealing than brand new construction.
  • RE: Lee
    IUPUI is not a Big 10 school, nor will it be.
  • Housing
    Ruby, the housing tower on the canal is a private development. As for the building aesthetics, it really does not look as bad as some people make it out to be, and it will look much better once the second phase wraps around the first building. That said, I imagine IUPUI will focus on building a practical building that fits in with the rest of the campus. I don't think it will be beautiful building, but I do not think it will be unattractive either.
    Hopefully it looks better than the student housing that is being built on the canal that looks like it belongs in communist Russia.
    • LEE: You must be joking
      Enough said in TITLE
    • where is Purdue in all this
      I don't get it,is this an IU campus only and the PU should be removed. Why the IU only sponsorship of this dormitory. Indianapolis needs a major Big 10 school like Ohio State, University of Illinois, Michigan State, University of Michigan, etc. A city of 1-2 million without a major college power in academic and sports, doesn't make sense for a City of Indianapolis's size. Lets change this and make it happen. Bloomington and West Lafayette have IU and Purdue, what does Indianapolis have to be a major College brand in Indianapolis?
    • IUPUI needs at least 10,000 capacity in residence halls and apartments
      IUPUI to be a viable Big 10 Campus in its own right needs living space for 10,000 students, with ample growth this will happen. Only a matter of time that IUPUI rivals Purdue West Lafayette and IU Bloomington as a major campus. Should have happened long ago with housing for nearly 40-50 percent of students with IUPUI having its own bus service independent of the Indy Metro bus service. All 30,000 students should have access to bus service around I465 through IUPUI as part of tuition, attending the University. Students who commute should not have to drive downtown to attend classes, but have dedicated IUPUI student and faculty buses for all who work, attend, and teach at IUPUI. This should be exclusively for College students and those who work at IUPUI, Marian College, University of Indianapolis, ITT, IVY Tech, Butler University, Harrison College, and other local colleges and post secondary schools. Indianapolis needs this for students and those who work in higher education to relieve the need for parking at all these Universities in Indianapolis and establish IUPUI equal to IU and to Purdue as based in Indianapolis as a legitimate Big 10 School.

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