Beautiful minds need room to grow. Luddy Hall will provide more than enough space for the future to blossom.
Since its founding in 2000, the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University has established itself as a leader in Indiana for the cutting-edge development of technology, research, and education. Its explosive expansion during the past decade has made SoIC one of the fastest growing schools at IU, and the construction of Luddy Hall marks the next step in the evolution of the school.
The $42.4 million construction, which begins in the spring of 2016, will create a new environment for collaboration and innovation that will stretch across informatics, computer science, information and library science, and our new intelligent systems engineering program. The 124,000-square-foot building also serves as the first major step in the development of the Woodlawn Corridor connecting the main campus with the athletic complex to the north along Woodlawn Ave.
Three academic units—computer science, information and library science, and the new intelligent systems engineering—will be located in Luddy Hall. Student services, career services, and IT support will also move into the building. The facility will include a 3,500-square-foot innovation center, a dedicated space for existing and aspiring entrepreneurial projects, and a 1,500-square-foot fabrication lab that will include maker technologies, such as 3-D printers, that will allow the development and construction of projects to move from the realm of idea to reality.
Some other key elements to Luddy Hall include:
- A grand civic porch serving as the entrance to the building
- An atrium to connect the porch to the interior of the courtyard
- Paved plazas in the courtyard for outdoor dining, public gatherings and seasonal events
- A 160-seat collaborative auditorium on the ground floor with views of the eastern courtyard
- A café open to the public with an extensive menu selection
- A 1,360-square-foot student community center
- A third-floor multipurpose conference and board room
- Seven classrooms ranging from 25 to 160 seats
- Three labs ranging from 25 to 35 seats
- Five labs dedicated to Intelligent Systems Engineering
- 19 conference and focus rooms
- 264 graduate work stations
- 97 faculty offices
- 36 staff offices
- 21 undergraduate advising and career services offices
- 11 interview rooms
The L-shaped building will sit on the former site of Morgan Hall, which was demolished in the fall of 2015.
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