Ground Broken For IUPUI Innovation Hall

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(Innovation Hall rendering courtesy of IUPUI) (Innovation Hall rendering courtesy of IUPUI)

Work is underway on IUPUI's newest classroom building that will bring together three STEM programs. Innovation Hall will be built on the corner of Michigan and Blackford streets and bring programs in the Purdue School of Science, Purdue School of Engineering and Technology and IU School of Informatics and Computing together under one roof.

University President Michael McRobbie says the much-needed space will be built to promote interdisciplinary collaboration and interactive learning. 

"The new building helps to provide for the future of education in the vitally important STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics -- fields that increase the base of highly skilled workers who meet state and national needs in a wide variety of industries," McRobbie said.

IUPUI Chancellor Nasser Paydar says Innovation Hall will be where it needs to be.  "The campus is the perfect home for Innovation Hall because here at IUPUI, we are always innovating. I would venture to say that since the moment of our campus's founding 50 years ago, we have been built for innovation."

The first floor of the building will house three classrooms, a student lounge and seating area. The classrooms will include a 215-seat lecture hall, 81-seat active learning space with movable chairs and a 125-seat active learning space where faculty is placed in the middle. The expanse will be football-shaped, with two tiers of swiveling seats. The second and third floors will hold engineering and science labs, along with more learning space. 

Construction is expected to finish in August 2020.

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