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IU Board Of Trustees Approves Assembly Hall Designs

Assembly hall rendering

The Indiana University Board of Trustees approved design renovations to Assembly Hall Friday.

Board members met with the project’s architect to review renderings. The project was determined in the spring after the university received a $40 million donation from Cindy Simon Skjodt.

The approved design includes a new south lobby entrance and a fully landscaped exterior plaza.

The two-level addition will make up 52,000 square feet, replacing the current south lobby.

Changes to seating are slated to take place inside the hall, including handicap additions and transparent railings to ensure better views for spectators.

A new scoreboard, escalators, remodeled bathrooms and enhanced concessions are also in the works, in addition to a box seat club and events suite on the concourse level.

IU spokesman Mark Land says renovations will allow Assembly Hall to stay alive and relevant well into the future.

“Assembly Hall is such an iconic building, and it holds a special place in the hearts of IU fans. This renovation is going to breathe new life into this facility, so we’ll get hopefully another 40 years of enjoyment out of it,” Land says.

The design renovations are expected to begin when basketball season ends in March or April. Construction will continue throughout next year and will not affect next year’s basketball schedule.

The IU Board of Trustees also discussed the ongoing Energy Savings Project, which promotes the reduction of energy use on campus. The univeristy currently has 13 buildings that are LEED certified, making the university a leading energy saving campus in the Big 10. IU uses 16 percent less energy that its peer universities.

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