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PCPA designing new informatics and computer science building at Indiana University

PCPA designing new informatics and computer science building at Indiana University

PCPA designing new informatics and computer science building at Indiana University

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (June 16, 2014) — Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects was recently selected to design what Indiana University considers a pivotal building for its flagship Bloomington campus: a state-of-the-art new home for the School of Informatics and Computing (SoIC). The building is expected to be completed in 2016.

The new 110,000-square-foot integrated education and research building is charged with fostering an environment for collaboration. IU sees this as a crucial need because the school blends several programs: computer science, informatics, information science and library science. In addition, a major goal of the building is to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship, ultimately supporting the growth of the state’s tech industry.

The building will help define the new North Woodlawn Avenue corridor, envisioned as a boulevard linking the academic and athletics precincts. The building’s design will draw from the 2,000-acre campus, which includes buildings that date to the late 19th century. Functionally, however, the building will borrow from tech startups and Silicon Valley workplaces.

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects is designing the building with the Indianapolis firm RATIO Architects as architect of record. PCPA previously collaborated with RATIO on the Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence, a workforce training and education center shared by Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus, Ivy Tech Community College, and Purdue College of Technology in Columbus, Indiana.

This will be the third computer building Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects has designed. The firm recently designed the Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex at the University of Texas at Austin. Opened in 2012, the complex is home to UT’s nationally-ranked computer science department. Earlier, the firm designed the Mathematics, Computing and Engineering Center at Trinity College.

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