Facility upgrades enhance comfort and user-friendly features

June 23, 2016

Facility improvement projects currently underway are both modernizing the look of the IU School of Medicine campus and upgrading the user experience by focusing on comfort, convenience, and usability.

Facilities improvement projects at IU School of Medicine campuses in Indianapolis, Evansville, Bloomington and Gary will provide a modern look while enhancing user experience, comfort, convenience and usability.  | Photo By IU School of Medicine

Large-scale, long-term projects like the renovations to the 4th and 5th floors of the VanNuys Medical Science Building and the entire west tower of the Medical Research and Library building are aimed at recruiting programs and professorships. But smaller projects, like improvements at the Daly Center—targeted directly at current students, faculty, and employees with a focus on functionality—will be wrapping up soon. Look for a fresh new look and convenient features in these areas by summer’s end:

  • The basement student lounge (Daly B071) will be updated with new furniture, paint, a TV, refrigerators, an added sink, and even a new ping-pong table.
  • The student study area (Daly 179) is getting an upgrade with new furniture, fresh paint, new carpet, more power capabilities, and a sure-to-be-popular standing workstation.
  • The student fitness center (Daly B070) will receive a total renovation including new fitness equipment, safety features, paint, and new flooring.
  • Daly 186 will get a refreshed look with new wall treatments, new carpet, a kitchenette update, and AV improvements.
  • The Medical Research Library will feature new student hoteling or day-use lockers on the 2nd floor.
  • The 1st floor of the Library will receive furniture improvements.

But it’s not all happening in Indy; improvement projects are in the works at other IUSM campuses. The Evansville campus is in the final design phases for the Multi-Institutional Academic Health and Science Research Center, which should begin construction in 2017.  Bloomington’s IUSM campus will be part of the new Regional Academic Health Center; this large project will be a portion of the new Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital relocation scheduled for completion by 2020.  And a study is underway to evaluate an IUSM – Northwest-Gary request for a renovation and expansion of their gross anatomy laboratory.