Indiana University has broken ground on the Paul H. O’Neill Graduate Center at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. The $12 million, 28,000 square-foot facility will be built adjacent to SPEA’s current building on the Bloomington campus.
The university says the graduate center will provide technologically-advanced learning and meeting spaces for graduate programs in public affairs, environmental management and environmental science. The three-story building will house classrooms, faculty offices and three student common areas totaling nearly 3,000 square feet.
Construction on the building has begun and is expected to be completed in early 2017.
"The center will give our students and faculty room to collaborate," said SPEA Dean John Graham. "The classrooms and meeting spaces will have the latest technology yet nurture old-fashioned face-to-face conversation. The design is sleek and modern, yet warm and inviting. It will be a powerful magnet as we continue to recruit the very best graduate students and faculty members worldwide."
The university says private donations will fund about half of the building’s construction. Those donations include a $3 million gift from IU alumnus Paul O’Neill, who is also chairman and CEO of Alcoa and former U.S. secretary of the treasury.
The School of Public and Environmental Affairs was founded in 1972. IU says the current class of graduate students in the school and the number of full-time faculty are the largest in history.