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Groundbreaking of CityWay YMCA

Groundbreaking of CityWay YMCA

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis has broken ground on its newest center in the CityWay complex! YMCA officials were joined by representatives from Eli Lilly and Company, the City of Indianapolis and Buckingham Companies at the groundbreaking ceremony, held on the site of the new 87,000 square feet full-service center that is also one of the largest in the country. Browning Day designed the $22 million facility that will be an exciting addition to this vibrant neighborhood in the heart….

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Preserving an Icon: The Indiana State Fair Coliseum

Preserving an Icon: The Indiana State Fair Coliseum

Opened to great fanfare in 1939, the Pepsi Coliseum was the premier public assembly venue in the state of Indiana for decades. It has hosted countless events for more than 70 years, including the only performances ever held in Indiana by the Beatles. While the past seven decades have given the Coliseum a rich and diverse history, they have also seen the facility descend into a state of disrepair and unable to meet the demands of a sports and entertainment….

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A Sanctuary in the City

A Sanctuary in the City

Native to Indonesia and Malaysia, Orangutans are currently found only in the rainforest of Borneo and Sumatra. The name Orangutan derives from “Orang” (people) and “Hutan” (forest) and literally means “people from the forest” in Mayan. Rob Shumaker​, Vice President of Conservation & Life Sciences at the Indianapolis Zoo, explained that Orangutans are one of the world’s most endangered species due to habitat loss and a slow reproductive cycle. Besides their size and long reddish hair, the most striking thing about….

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Higher Education on a Global Scale

Higher Education on a Global Scale

Sustainability was a driving force behind the ultimate design solution. Throughout the design process, the architects paid particular attention to the solar and topographical considerations of the site, as well as use of local materials, and LEED certification benchmarks. The final solution incorporates a comprehensive network of systems and technologies in line with the overall sustainable strategy. Currently under construction, the 158,000 square-foot building is a mix of office and classroom areas along with 10 conference rooms and a 150-seat auditorium. The building….

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International Orangutan Center Gets National Coverage

International Orangutan Center Gets National Coverage

  The International Orangutan Center at the Indianapolis Zoo is getting national attention, with coverage in the Chicago Tribune and on CNN. The center’s unique design and remarkable interactive features provide the Orangutans an environment as close to their natural habitat as possible.  The highly anticipated exhibit will allow the public an unprecedented level of interaction with the primates.  Both media outlets list the exhibit as a destination place in Indianapolis. It will open to the public during Memorial Day….

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Alcoa Storm Water Runoff Reduction Project Receives Award

Alcoa Storm Water Runoff Reduction Project Receives Award

Safety, sustainability and beauty blend into a perfect, award-winning solution. Browning Day was honored on Friday, September 20, with an INASLA Merit Award for the Alcoa Stormwater Runoff Reduction Project. Jon Hutslar PLA, ASLA accepted the award on behalf of the firm. Alcoa’s strong commitment to excellence in both their products and the footprint they leave on the planet was the catalyst behind their Lafayette, Indiana, leadership’s decision to redesign 33 acres of property, primarily made up of the industrial plant….

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Building and Site Merge in Sweet Harmony

Building and Site Merge in Sweet Harmony

The site design of the new East Studio for the acclaimed Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington responds to the need for the project to integrate easily with the fabric of the campus while providing a fresh contemporary aesthetic. Our design weaves together project-specific program needs with creative site solutions, taking great care to enable further developments to fit into the current framework and allow the landscape to grow into a quad and an arts gateway. Browning Day….

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Riding the H-Line

Riding the H-Line

Riding the H-Line What’s an ape exhibit without cables and platforms on which the primates jump around? Browning Day seized the opportunity to design the International Orangutan Center at the Indianapolis Zoo to turn what would have otherwise been a simple exhibit into an unforgettable experience for future visitors of Azy, Knobi, Nicky, Rocky, Katy and Lucy. Through state-of-the-art exhibits and interactive computer games, zoo patrons will experience an unprecedented level of interaction with one of the planet’s most endangered….

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The Glass Barn opens at the Indiana State Fairgrounds

The Glass Barn opens at the Indiana State Fairgrounds

The Indiana State fair is introducing a new exhibit this year: The Glass Barn Opened yesterday, the newest barn at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, unlike a typical barn, is modern on the inside and out.  Its unique design by Jonathan Hess of Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf Architects includes seven roof peaks that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also serve as a funnel to gather rain water that is fed into surrounding gardens. Browning Day has embraced the use of….

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Halfway Home: The International Orangutan Center Raises the Beacon of Hope and Marks 50% Completion

Halfway Home: The International Orangutan Center Raises the Beacon of Hope and Marks 50% Completion

If  you were driving around downtown Indianapolis late last week, you might have noticed something new on the Circle City skyline. The International Orangutan Center at the Indianapolis Zoo topped off at its highest point – 150 feet above grade – when the the Beacon of Hope was raised and set atop the world’s premiere Orangutan exhibit / research facility. At 75 feet in height and weighing approximately 12.5 tons, you may wonder: What purpose does the Beacon of Hope….

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