The existing undergraduate facility was built in 1966. Although still structurally sound, the classroom design and technological offerings are antiquated, particularly as Kelley competes to attract the very finest undergraduate students in the world.
Although Kelley ranks among the very elite undergraduate business schools in the world, we must stay on the cutting edge of technology as well as the manner in which we deliver our curriculum to an ever-increasing and demanding global community. Notwithstanding a tepid economy, the School simply can't wait for a market resurgence and must rely on the generosity of its 92,000 alumni, friends and corporate partners to make the plans a reality.
Yes. Thanks to the work of our undergraduate "Net Impact" students in tandem with BSA's architects and the IU project team, the facility will be, at minimum, LEED "Silver" status - if not "Gold". That determination can't be finalized until construction is complete.
President McRobbie, along with other IU leaders, develop an annual Campus Capital Priorities List which includes the projects that they deem most critical in importance and urgency. Although the President, IU trustees and the State legislature all heartily endorse Kelley's undergraduate project (those endorsements all very necessary in order to gain permission to proceed), there simply aren't enough funds remaining after the other capital needs higher on the priorities list have been attended to. Instead of postponing, Kelley leadership decided to begin the process knowing full well that its success would rely solely on the generosity of our alumni and corporate partners.