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Thursday, January 11, 2007

USI Board of Trustees receives design for College of Business/Classroom Building

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The University of Southern Indiana Board of Trustees held their regular meeting in Indianapolis on Thursday, January 11.

The schematic design of the College of Business/General Classroom Building was presented at the trustees meeting for discussion.

The architects, Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum (HOK, Inc.) of St. Louis, Missouri, and Hafer Associates of Evansville have designed a 117,000 square foot classroom and laboratory building to serve both the College of Business and the Engineering Department at USI.

In addition to facilities for the USI College of Business, the building will contain laboratory and office space for the Department of Engineering of the USI Pott College of Science and Engineering. The building will serve both business and engineering programs interdependently, providing both dedicated and shared classroom and laboratory space. The design allows each program to have a distinct identity, yet overlap in a shared central atrium.

Predominant building materials are brick, limestone and glass, and they are chosen to connect the new building with the existing campus buildings. The Engineering Department will be clad in an ochre brick, while the Business School will be clad in limestone and masonry. Large areas of glass will provide light and views while making public the activities within the building. Entry to the building will occur along a seam between the business and engineering programs, and arrival will be announced by the atrium that will be filled with views, natural light, and collaborative activity.

The project is estimated to cost $31.9 million, of which $2 million in design funding has been released to the University. The $29.9 million balance of the project cost, for construction of the building, will be sought from the 2007 General Assembly.



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