Indiana University’s new $37 million Cyberinfrastructure building is the third in a number of developments that will make up IU’s Technology Park. Located just east of the University, the facility houses IU’s IT services department.
President Michael McRobbie delivered the opening remarks at Wednesday’s dedication. He credited all those who have worked for more than a decade to see the project through to completion.
“This magnificent new cyberinfrastructure building that we are dedicating today is a vital step in ensuring the provision of world class IT services and facilities at IU in a stable and reliable manner,” he said.
The building is unlike any other on the Bloomington campus. It incorporates plans used by tech firms In the Silicon Valley. There is little personal office space and more open community space. Chief information officer Brad Wheeler says it is designed to increase efficiency and encourage collaboration.
“This building pulls together the staff from all over buildings across campus and buildings where water was coming in from the ceiling, water coming in from the floor,” he said. “It’s going to make us much more efficient; you can already feel it with the staff.”
In addition, it is a green building, and Wheeler says he hopes it reaches platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.
Standing next to the building is the data center that houses computer servers and the new IU Innovation Center. Eventually the University will tear down its old IT facilities and expand the technology park further with the hope of creating more relationships with the private sector and encouraging job growth in the community.