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Indiana University Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center

BSA LifeStructures

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Indiana University Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center


1309 East 10th Street


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Year Completed



Indiana University


  • Mechanical Engineer: BSA LifeStructures
  • Structural Engineer: TRC Worldwide Engineering
  • Interior and Lighting Designer: Maregatti Interiors

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Project Description


The Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center addition and renovation supports the Kelley School’s academic programming- increasing classroom stock by 50%. It will also add a variety of classroom configurations which do not currently exist within the undergraduate building. Maximizing space utilization and efficiency, floors were extended to create multipurpose and spacious areas for students to focus, relax, study and interact, along with tiered classrooms promoting team-based work.

The renovation allows the university to accommodate an increasing student enrollment, while sustaining a high level of academic excellence. A distinctive new entry welcomes visitors and provides an identity for the undergraduate school. 

High ceilings, wood paneling and beams are reflective of the university’s traditional architecture. The architectural character of the addition draws from the language of the core Bloomington campus by incorporating key attributes into the design:
• A building composed of diverse forms and masses
• Romantic elements such as gables, towers, terraces and buttresses
• Addresses multiple levels
• Connection to nature- views, walls and terraces '
• Entries are sensitive to the human scale and have added detail • A sense of weight created through the proposed detailing of the limestone walls- accentuating depth
• Openings will vary in scale and will express the hierarchy of spaces within
• The dominant wall material will be cut ashlar limestone with smooth trim; detail work will be in lead-coated copper
• Main public doors will be protected and be of wood • Public spaces will have detailing of terrazzo/ bluestone, wood and integrated art

The first floor commons area serve as a major public gathering space for the school. It is a two story volume and is a significant crossroads and meeting place. The fourth level multi-purpose room is a
vaulted space overlooking the south campus and can accommodate a variety of scheduled special events.
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