Featured Project: The I.U. Neuroscience Center
It’s no secret many of the buildings on the Indiana University campus in Bloomington are clad with limestone quarried just down the road. That commitment to working with materials produced in-state extends to many of I.U.’s other facilities around the state, including the breathtaking Health Neuroscience Center of Excellence in Indianapolis.
The 270-thousand square foot building houses an outpatient and imaging facility, along with a 960-stall parking garage. Cannon Design’s Chicago-based office came up with the sweeping structure plan that features Indiana Limestone in a prominent role. The exterior wall system of the structure is precast architectural concrete with limestone and brick facing. The custom-fabricated facade is standard buff stone.
According to EcoBuildingPulse.com, the designers wanted to create a feeling of openness and connectivity. “A large percentage of this building is glass,” Former Cannon Design Principal Randy Guillot says. “We located public and circulation spaces on the perimeter of the building with the exam and procedure rooms at the center, and employed a combination of low-emissivity coatings, frit patterns, and exterior shading in varying orientations to ensure a balanced high-performance strategy.”
The design of the building also mimics the human brain to an extent, with the north side housing neurological support functions, the south side supporting emotional functions, and the west side serves as the research wing.
The six-story, multi-million dollar project is eye-catching from the interstate it sits adjacent to the downtown Indianapolis skyline.