INDIANAPOLIS – The future of medicine in central Indiana will soon be upon us in downtown Indianapolis.
Indiana University School of Medicine today broke ground on a $230 million medical education and research building. With 11 stories and 326,200 gross square feet, the facility, west of Senate Avenue and south of the IU Neurosciences Research Center on 16th Street, will serve the school’s growing teaching and research needs.
“By breaking ground on Indiana University School of Medicine’s new medical education and research building, we celebrate the creation of a space that accelerates the latest discoveries of our faculty, prepares our students for careers in medicine, and improves and even saves lives will,” said IU President Pamela Whitten. “IU is committed to meeting the state’s need for highly qualified medical professionals, and this state-of-the-art health sciences facility is a physical representation of our mission to serve our state and improve the quality of life of Hoosiers, and a reminder of our strong partnership with the IU The health.”
The IU School of Medicine is a world leader in research into Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. During the groundbreaking event, school officials announced a generous gift that will help continue this important work.
Dave and Susan Roberts, longtime supporters of Alzheimer’s research at the IU School of Medicine, have committed $10 million to neurodegenerative research. The Roberts have made gifts and pledges totaling nearly $15 million to the IU School of Medicine.
The construction project is the largest in the 120-year history of the IU School of Medicine. As the largest medical school in the country and a national research center, the school’s downtown campus will soon be transformed into a state-of-the-art facility.
“While we have added new facilities to our regional campuses in recent years, we have not built new classrooms at Indianapolis since 1959,” said Dr. Jay L. Hess, Dean of the IU School of Medicine and IU Executive Vice President for University Hospital Affairs. “This state-of-the-art facility will transform the way we educate generations of future physicians, while providing our scientists much-needed laboratory space to continue and expand their research into improving health.”
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The first three floors of the new building – the broad base of the structure – will primarily focus on medical education. Paying homage to IU’s architectural heritage, the plinth will feature elements of the limestone buildings in Bloomington along with the brick accents of IUPUI’s School of Medicine buildings. A large atrium with rooms for small learning communities, classrooms, lecture halls and a café will be created on the ground floor. The other two lower levels will include additional classrooms, a surgical center of excellence, simulation rooms, a library, exam rooms and an anatomy lab.
From there, an eight-story tower will rise from the academic base and include research and office space for the school. The tower will be glass-encased and designed to be energy-efficient. An underground tunnel will connect the building to Goodman Hall and the Neuroscience Research Building to the north.
The facility will be housed along with the new downtown Indianapolis hospital and the expanded Indiana University Health medical campus, where the health system is consolidating operations of its two acute care hospitals downtown south of 16th Street. The healthcare system contributed $145 million to the IU School of Medicine construction project – an investment that, according to Dennis Murphy, President and CEO of IU Health, speaks of the organization’s unwavering commitment to supporting medical education and research.
“IU Health is proud to have helped fund the IU School of Medicine’s new medical training building,” said Murphy. “It will be an integral part of our new Academic Health Center campus, strengthening the unique connection between the School of Medicine and IU Health and enabling future generations of medical students and faculty to teach, train and work in a world-class academic medical environment. ”
The architectural design, developed by Indianapolis-based Browning Day and Chicago-based Perkins & Will, was approved by the IU Board of Trustees in February 2022. The building is expected to be completed in November 2024.