Friday, June 6, 2014

Hodge Hall: Week 108 -- The inside story

Windows frame a beautiful view of the IU campus from the nearly completed expansion of the
Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center.

Just over two years ago, excavators started clawing at chunks of dirt on the east side of Fee Lane at 10th Street. That was the beginning of the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center expansion and renovation project at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. We're now almost halfway through the entire project, and just a couple of months away from being finished with the addition, which will be open when students return to IU this August. Ongoing renovations to the existing building are scheduled to be completed in 2016.

Here's an inside look at the progress.

From the lobby area of the Hodge Hall Commons, long windows let in lots of light in this open, airy space
designed for conversation and collaboration. 

Tiers will have seating areas and tables for studying and casual meetings.

Light fixtures in the columns have a tile detail.

Visitors to a second floor conference room will have a great view of the Commons and the Trading Room above it.

These boxes hold 180 seats for this theater-style classroom, one of two on the ground floor.

This 60-person classroom has a twin next door.
The classrooms feature tile accent walls around the entries.
Tile detail: (Not quite 50) shades of gray.

The Presentation Room on the second floor has a wall of windows that look out onto the Commons.
Alums and upperclassmen used to spend time in this space when it was the second-floor student lounge. Now a hallway to the newer part of the building, it features a recycling station and display case.

The carpet is down and the doors are up in the new Undergraduate Program Office on the second floor.
Modular desks will be placed in the center of the long room. 

Activity in the Trading Room on the second floor will be visible to those in the Commons below.

The inside of the Trading Room will have white boards for teaching and real-time stock market infoboards
 to help track investment activity around the globe.

The new building is full of architectural detail inside and out, including this railing,
backlit by the tall windows in the the Commons.

Red accent walls are featured in some classrooms and throughout the building.

Blueprints guide workers on every detail of the building project, including every
electrical outlet, data connection and stationary desk.

The stairwell in the main hall is missing only the finishing on the handrail.

The main stairwell of Hodge Hall just off the Commons area is lighted by an angled window feature.

A closer look: Angles and light are prominent features of the Hodge Hall expansion.

The new advising offices feature glass fronts and doors that slide open.

A catering kitchen will serve functions on the third floor. There is a smaller catering kitchen on the fourth floor.

The multipurpose room on the third floor can be split into two rooms by a retractable partition. 

One floor above the multipurpose room is the Executive Meeting Room. The room features tall, coffered ceilings and plenty of windows with a bird's-eye view of IU's beautiful campus.

The interior wall of the Executive Meeting Room will have flat screens and cabinets
 to facilitate meetings and presentations.

The tile detail from the Commons area is carried throughout the building,
including around the light fixtures in the Executive Meeting Room.

Windows on the fourth floor of Hodge Hall show a view of the future. The university's most recent building project -- the School of Global and International Studies -- is underway southwest of the Wells Library. 

The outdoor Terrace on the fourth floor will be open for special occasions and allows for a close-up view of some the building's interesting architectural features.

A light fixture on the Terrace replicates design features inside the building. 

The view from my desk: The exterior of the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center is complete. Crews are working on
sidewalks and retaining walls, and prepping the ground for landscaping.

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