Board of Trustees approves legislative capital request for renovations, maintenance

The Indiana University Board of Trustees has approved IU's 2023-25 legislative capital request, presented at its August meeting by Thomas A. Morrison, vice president for capital planning and facilities.

IU's biennial request for state of Indiana funding focuses on renovation projects to provide students and faculty the best opportunities for cutting-edge teaching, learning and research via renovations of classrooms, labs, student-focused spaces, and related facilities and infrastructure. Updates to these facilities are necessary to support academic and research programs in reaching their full potential and continuing to drive innovation and discovery in the arts, science, technology, public health, nursing, neuroscience and more.

The four priority projects within the 2023-25 request are:

  • Wells Quad-Public Health renovation: This project will renovate portions of Wells Quad and School of Public Health facilities on the Bloomington campus, including Sycamore Hall, Sarah Parke Morrison Hall, Music Addition and Public Health, totaling approximately 572,000 gross square feet. Student spaces will be updated with the latest technologies to support learning, teaching and research, including classrooms in all buildings and music practice rooms and rehearsal spaces in the Music Addition. Work will also include installation of new, energy-efficient building systems in all buildings, and façade repairs and installation of new windows as needed. The cost of this project is estimated to be $89.5 million.
  • IU School of Nursing infrastructure renovation: Will renovate the School of Nursing located on the IUPUI campus, totaling approximately 140,000 gross square feet. Classrooms, the auditorium and learning spaces will be updated; new energy-efficient building systems will be installed; windows will be replaced; and restrooms will be renovated. This project is estimated to be $27 million.
  • Research laboratory infrastructure renovation: This project will renovate research laboratories in four STEM-focused buildings -- science, technology, engineering and math -- and install a combined heat and power system, all on the Bloomington campus. Lab facilities and related infrastructure will be updated in Biology Hall, Chemistry, Multidisciplinary Engineering and Science Hall, and Psychology. A combined heat and power system also will be installed at the Central Heating Plant to provide emergency backup electrical power to critical student residences and science and research facilities. This project is estimated to be $65 million.
  • Regional campus deferred maintenance: This will continue the university's commitment to addressing repairs and renovations of facilities and infrastructure through projects impacting 16 buildings on five campuses. Work will include upgrades or replacements to mechanical and heating systems, elevators, roofs, skylights, lighting, labs, restrooms, and hardscapes. This project is estimated to cost $25 million.

The university's 10-year capital project plan for all campuses also was approved. The plan lists anticipated repair and rehabilitation projects as well as new construction projects from 2023 to 2032.

Beth Feickert is a capital planning project specialist for the IU Office of the Vice President for Capital Planning and Facilities.