A dedication ceremony is scheduled Friday afternoon for the recently-renovated Rotary Building on the Indiana University School of Medicine campus. The school says a $10 million restoration of the 1931 building is complete. August 21, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — One of the oldest buildings on the Indiana University School of Medicine campus has been both transformed and preserved with a $10 million renovation, and university leaders will gather Friday afternoon for a dedication of the newly restored historic Rotary Building.
At the north end of Ball Gardens on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus between Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health and the Sidney and Lois Eskenzai Hospital, the Rotary Building dates to 1931, when much of the current campus did not yet exist.
The building served initially as a children's convalescent unit associated with Riley Hospital, which had opened in 1924. Members of Rotary clubs across Indiana raised $276,000 to pay for the new facility.
The Rotary Building has served a variety of purposes over the decades, most recently as the home of the IU School of Medicine's Department of Ophthalmology until the opening of the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute in 2011.
The subsequent $10 million renovation project was overseen by Schmidt Associates, working with IU architects and facility planners. The goal was to restore the building's original beauty while modernizing the structure to meet the needs of the future.
The renovation has produced 40,000 gross square feet of office and academic space, now housing the IU-Kenya Partnership, the Division of Gastroenterology/Hepatology, the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and offices of the Department of Surgery.
Led by IU President Michael A. McRobbie, IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz and IU School of Medicine Dean Jay L. Hess, the dedication program will begin at 1 p.m. Friday in the Ruth Lilly Learning Center Auditorium of the Riley Hospital Outpatient Center.
About Indiana University School of Medicine
Indiana University School of Medicine is one of the nation's premiere medical schools and is a leader and innovator in medical education, research and clinical care. The country's second largest medical school, IU School of Medicine educates more than 1,600 medical and graduate degree students on nine campuses in Indiana, and its faculty holds more than $254 million in research grants and contracts, to advance the School's missions and promote life sciences. For more information please visit http://medicine.iu.edu
Source: Indiana University School of Medicine