The Paul H. O’Neill Graduate Center houses all of Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) graduate programs, opening unprecedented possibilities for study, research and collaboration.
The new addition creates an identity for SPEA by aligning the front facade with its neighbors as well as improving circulation into and through the 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 facility 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.