Some have asked, "If the building is in such awful shape, why not simply raze it and build again?" That's a great question and certainly a bit less expensive proposition than expanding and renovating. But BSA LifeStructures, the project architects, along with the IU Project Team couldn't figure out what to do with 5,300 undergraduates while their facility was being demolished and rebuilt!
Expansion and renovation was the only viable answer. Once the expansion (Phase 1) is complete, undergraduate classes will convene in that facility along with areas of the Godfrey Graduate & Executive Education Center. That will allow the extensive renovation (Phase 2) of the existing facility to take place, floor by floor. Once renovation is complete, the undergraduates will then occupy both areas... and proud of their new home they will surely be!
We've heard many times that we surely must have an extraordinary business school since it's ranked so high in virtually every index - and yet garners such praise with antiquated learning spaces. Soon the final piece of the puzzle will be in place!
When looking at the photograph of Dean Pinnell and his staff outside the brand new business complex completed in 1966, you can sense their pride, their collective achievement. That must have been some day!
The building has served well and remains a grande dame of IU academic structures. But time has marched on, mind-boggling academic technologies have become the norm, collaborative learning commonplace, and the infusion of real-time visitors/presenters from around the world each day in our classrooms through distance learning technology almost expected.
Among Kelley's real competitors, the next oldest business facility is 12 years old. Ours is 45. The very brightest young business students in the world deserve the most exhilarating faculty we can attract and retain. And all deserve the finest learning environment we can create.
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