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IU trustees approve $35 million Assembly Hall renovation and other future projects

July 10, 2014

Major renovations to two athletic facilities, a new formal gateway to campus and a home for Phi Gamma Delta were among the plans recently approved by the IU Board of Trustees. 

Assembly Hall

Assembly Hall will see $35 million in renovations. Construction is projected to start May 2015 and be completed October 2016.  

Assembly Hall atrium rendering

Artist's rendering of the updated Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall

The project consists of:

  • Improvements to the south lobby, restrooms, concessions areas and mechanical and other infrastructure systems.
  • A new, expanded south entry that will include centralized ticket windows and improve game-day access with escalators and a new elevator.
  • A new Box Seat Club on the Concourse Level that includes additional arena seats and a new flexible entertainment and hospitality space.
  • A large state-of-the-art video scoreboard to replace the current scoreboard.
  • Upgraded restrooms and addition of new, fully accessible facilities and family restrooms.
  • Renovated concessions areas to upgrade existing equipment, back of house space. Aesthetics and accessible seating areas will be improved and expanded.
  • Improved sight lines with installation of transparent railings.

Assembly Hall will remain open and will be used to host home basketball games during construction.

Sembower Field Renovation

Sembower Field and the IU Softball Field, no longer used as varsity sport fields with the construction of Bart Kaufman Field and Andy Mohr Field, will be renovated to serve multiple needs for the Division of Recreational Sports. Estimated project cost is $4.5 million, and construction schedules are pending.

This project consists of:

  • Creating a lighted, recreational sports field complex.
  • Installing several multi-purpose synthetic turf fields and sand volleyball courts.
  • Upgrading existing turf fields to include irrigation, and renovating existing restrooms and a storage building.
  • Installing sports field and safety lighting to extend the usability of the fields as well as ensure patron safety.
  • Maintaining the flat areas and wooded areas with only minimal grading and clearing of the 20-acre site.

Northwest Gateway

Located at the main northwest entry to the Bloomington campus at the intersection of the 45/46 Bypass and Dunn Street, this project will establish a formal gateway to the campus. The total estimated project cost is $2 million. Construction schedules are pending.

Project plans consist of:

  • Moving a loosely arranged arc of large eroded limestone blocks from the eastern end of the .75-acre site west, which will become more consistent and complete as they move west.
  • Ending the wall in a limestone, lit “signwall” that will display the IU name in 10-foot engraved letters.
  • A 56-foot limestone spire marking the definitive boundary of the wall and elevating the stone.
  • Adding additional flowering trees and landscaping to the existing site. 

Phi Gamma Delta

A new Phi Gamma Delta house will be located at the intersection of East Eighth Street and Woodlawn Avenue. Demolition and construction schedules are pending. 

  • To enable construction of the Phi Gamma Delta house, six houses along Eighth Street will be moved or demolished, including: 410 N. Park Ave., which will be relocated to 502 N. Fess Ave.; 825 E. Eighth St., which will be relocated to 704 E. Eighth St.; 815 E. Eighth St., will be relocated to 708 E. Eighth St.; and 803 E. Eighth St., which will be relocated to 714 E. Eighth St. Homes at 809 E. Eighth St. and 402 N. Park Ave., are recommended for demolition, although the home at 402 N. Park Ave. may be moved if an attached garage and porch can be removed.
  • Design plans for the house include a 51,210-square-foot facility featuring three floors and an occupied basement.
  • The exterior will consist of three types of limestone and stucco, with the front entry facing Woodlawn Avenue. 
  • Seventeen parking spaces will be located on the north side of the building, and the sloped landscape will be encased by limestone retaining walls. 

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