On Friday, March 24, Indiana University hosted a dedication ceremony for the newest addition of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) , the Paul H. O’Neill Graduate Center. This BSA LifeStructures designed project consists of 29,000 square feet and three levels of teaching, learning, research and activity space which connects to the University’s original SPEA building.
The exterior detailing aligns with SPEA’s forward thinking goals and mission. SPEA’s unique multidisciplinary learning environment offers students state-of-the-art classrooms sized for master’s student core classes and equipped with leading-edge technology, and graduate-only study areas and information commons to foster networks and fellowship.
The addition enhances the presence of SPEA by pulling the building closer to the street and increasing the overall scale of the structure to respond more closely to its immediate context. The design incorporates generous amounts of limestone which draws upon the rich heritage of the overall campus aesthetic while introducing a south facing curtain wall to create a more identifiable building entrance.