The Swain Hall East and West complex renovation offers a new environment for students and faculty while remaining true to the historic Bloomington campus.
The facility houses physics and astronomy departments and will provide a distinguishable main entrance to the building while connecting the building to the campus and the University’s iconic 20-acre Dunn’s Woods. Due to multiple past additions, students, faculty and visitors have not been utilizing the building as much as the University would like. The most recent 1972 addition left the building without an identifiable “front door” and greatly obscures and diminishes the surrounding historic buildings on site.
BSA LifeStructures’ renovation plan entails multiple phases allowing the facility to remain in operation while under construction. The proposed solution will trim the structure so that historic buildings are revealed. An easily identifiable main entrance will also be added; leading guests into internal commons and building center. The exterior walls, windows and roof will also undergo restoration or replacement all while retaining the existing historical character of the building.