Design approved for Indiana University’s new School of Medicine building

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IU’s Medical Education Building will be 11 stories, with about 326,200 gross square feet. (rendering provided by IU Capital Planning and Facilities)

Indiana University’s board of trustees has approved the architectural design of the university’s new planned School of Medicine Medical Education Building in Indianapolis, the school announced Wednesday.

IU said the 11-story, 325,000-square-foot facility will be used to address instructional and research needs of programs in the university’s school of medicine.

The site for the $245 million building is west of Senate Avenue and just south of the IU Neurosciences Research Building and the IU Health Neuroscience Center on 16th Street. The school is currently housed in Fairbanks Hall at 340 W. 10th St.

The design features a three-story base structure with an eight-story tower. IU said the base structure will be used primarily for medical education. It will also include support spaces and shell space for a future research, as well as academic learning spaces, classrooms and a medical library.

IU said the architecture “expresses the unique character of Indiana University with its use of Indiana limestone and precast concrete accents.”

The eight-story office and research tower will include three floors of faculty offices and three floors of shell space for biomedical research, research support and offices. The building will also feature two floors that will be used for the building’s mechanical services.

The building will be co-located with the Indianapolis Academic Health Center, part of a $1.6 billion development downtown by IU Health.

The design was developed by Browning Day of Indianapolis and Perkins & Will of Chicago.

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5 thoughts on “Design approved for Indiana University’s new School of Medicine building

  1. I guess the green space makes sense for a collage campus, but kind of sucks for metro center in downtown Indy. I am hoping this is just a “conceptual” drawing.

    1. This is just one building in a massive development that encircles the green space. For example, directly across the green space from this building will be three more towers. I am pro-density, pro-urbanization. But in this case, the green space will be a calming place for patients, students, and employees to relax and take a break from a huge, bustling medical complex.

  2. Well, right now there’s not much of anything there so the green space doesn’t bother me. Green space can be built on later if the need is there. I think the building will have a big impact on that area and I like the design.

  3. I personally feel this is an attractive design and it fits perfectly in the area.Indy needs more modern sleek architecture like this on the canal and around the city. I just wish Indy would build taller towers.Taller buildings just gives the city a Bigger feel to it.