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.