Regenstrief Institute marks 'topping out' of new headquarters

March 26, 2015

Regenstrief Institute staff and faculty participated in a "topping out" for the new Regenstrief headquarters building on the IU School of Medicine campus.

Regenstrief Institute faculty and staff attend the "topping out" of the new headquarters building.  | Photo By Regenstrief Institute

Topping out is a builder’s rite held when the last beam of a structure is put in place during construction. As is often done throughout the U.S., the Regenstrief Institute topping out beam was painted white and signed by those who will work there, before being hoisted into place on March 18.

The new headquarters of the Regenstrief Institute is under construction at 10th Street and Riley Drive. The four-story, 80,000-square-foot building, designed for the needs of the growing institute, will enhance and empower the institute's highly respected local, national and global research.

A nonprofit medical research organization dedicated to improving the quality, cost-effectiveness and outcomes of health care in Indiana, across the United States and around the world, the Regenstrief Institute has been supported since its founding by the Regenstrief Foundation, which has committed $5 million to the new building. The IU School of Medicine has contributed another $1.5 million.

The white "topping out" beam, signed by faculty and staff, was hoisted atop the Regenstrief Institute's new headquarters building March 18. | Photo By Regenstrief Institute

The institute is closely affiliated with the IU School of Medicine, Eskenazi Health, the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center and Indiana University Health.

The new headquarters, designed by Schmidt Associates of Indianapolis on land leased from IU, will house more than 50 investigators, about 165 staff members and a growing number of affiliated scientists. Regenstrief investigators are faculty members of the IU School of Medicine, other schools at IUPUI or Purdue University.

“Collaboration is the cornerstone of success in health care research,” said Jay L. Hess, M.D., Ph.D., dean of the IU School of Medicine and vice president for university clinical affairs at IU, during the building's groundbreaking ceremony last fall. “Having the researchers from Regenstrief Institute in a state-of-the-art facility on the IU School of Medicine campus will ultimately translate into better care for residents in Indiana and beyond.”

The new headquarters is scheduled to open in December.