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IU Trustees Approve Design For New IU Health Bloomington Hospital

  •  Designs plans for the hospital were unveiled at Friday's IU Board of Trustees meeting.

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    Designs plans for the hospital were unveiled at Friday's IU Board of Trustees meeting.

  • A view of the hospital from above.

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    A view of the hospital from above.

  • A view of the hospital from the northeast including the emergency room entrance.

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    A view of the hospital from the northeast including the emergency room entrance.

  • A view of the hospital from the south.

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    A view of the hospital from the south.

Indiana University’s Board of Trustees approved design plans for the new IU Health Bloomington Hospital at their meeting Friday.

The more than 700,000-square-foot facility includes both the hospital and an academic center. It will be located along State Road 45/46 at the current site of the IU golf driving range. Trustees approved that site 2 years ago.

The building itself will feature Indiana limestone and architecture drawn from other Indiana University buildings. The design also includes more than 1500 parking spaces and four gardens. IU Health officials are aiming for LEED silver environmental certification for the hospital complex and gold certification for the academic building.

IU Health South Central Region President Matthew Bailey says bringing the academic building and hospital together will help improve care for the entire Southern Indiana region .

“Blending the educational component of training future health care professionals just made sense, so that’s going to be a huge change for us,” he says.

Construction of the hospital hasn’t started, but the project is expected to be complete in 2020.

During the same meeting, trustees also approved the separation of the IU School of Education into two separate schools. One will be located at IU Bloomington and the second at IUPUI in Indianapolis.

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  • David Jensen

    At last we have the promise of a new hospital for Bloomington, complete with an educational component, which is a great addition to the medical campus.
    It is unfortunate then that our new hospital is being served to us in such bland, institutional architecture. There is nothing especially wrong with our local limestone, though it is, well, bland. The design is certainly not beautiful, and seems redolent of the “international” style of the mid-twentieth century, except that it is even more bland than that. This design might have been cutting edge then, but it is neither new nor exciting now, and I expect it will get less exciting as time wears on. These buildings will be old before their time.
    Is there something wrong with brilliant design, architectural art, as it were? Is there something wrong with stepping out on a ledge and using some other external veneer, say for example brick? Is it really necessary to make it look like every other IU building of the era? The policy seems like a way of ducking behind the parade to evade criticism.
    Just food for thought…

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