With an eye to the future, IU has created a 5-year master plan to restore existing dormitories and create more diverse campus neighborhoods. University Architect Bob Meadows says the master plan is clear about forming communities around campus.
“It’s the idea of creating neighborhoods, it is really very important. Actually the master plan addresses the remoteness of some of the dorms, bring them in more to the central part of campus and create a living learning community places where you can be part of a community,” said Meadows.
The new dorm would be near Read and Wilke residence centers and by the education building. In addition to community building, modernizing the residence halls will make the university more competitive. Residential Programs and Services Assistant Director Sara Ivey Lucas says the upcoming residence hall in the Southeast neighborhood will have a traditional appeal with a modernized twist.
“We’re just trying to modernize our facilities and get ourselves into a 21st century campus.”
Although plans have not been finalized, the master plan is designed to be cost effective and blend the freshman experience with what new students are looking for.
“We’re looking to design this so that it will look beautiful but its cost won’t put it in the same league as the Union Street apartments,” said Lucas.
The new Union Street Apartments that opened this school year are the most expensive dormitories on campus. The new proposed dorms would be more affordable and not feature things like kitchens and private bathrooms.
The five year building plan also consists of renovating Briscoe Residence Center and Tulip Tree Apartments.