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 will house nearly 300 dedicated faculty offices in addition to large areas for associate instructor workstations. Strategically positioned to continue the notion of a ‘front yard’ along Jordan Avenue, the design embraces the unique geometry of the site and defines new crossroads on campus. Indiana Limestone is used on the exterior of the building with accents of stone from around the world to reference the international mission of the building. The exterior architecture looks both to the past and to the future. While the Jordan Avenue façade is familiarly massive with punched openings and grouped windows, the multi-story lobby is a transparent glass enclosure, designed to allow views within and beyond its boundaries. A symbol of the university’s commitment to international studies, the transparent lobby marks the intersection of movement to and through the building.
The SGIS building, projected to use 14 percent less energy and 35 percent less water than other similar structures, is tracking LEED Silver certification. Occupancy sensors turn off lights and reset the VAV box minimums to zero when the spaces are unoccupied, saving energy across the board. When ambient light is adequate, photocells in large day-lit exterior spaces such as the open stairwells and connectors reduce lighting output.
The design’s goal to fuse the building and landscape is achieved by framing significant new exterior spaces as an extension of public gathering spaces at the lower level. The curved west wing forms a radial edge along The Arboretum, further integrating building and site. Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf is the Architect-of-Record of the IU SGIS. Ennead Architects is the Design and Executive Architect.