Butler University Builds 600-Bed Student Housing Facility and Parking Garage in Indianapolis

Butler University’s plans for a major campus upgrade will bring two new facilities along Sunset Avenue in Indianapolis – a 600-bed residence hall and an approximately 1,000-space parking garage.

by Adriana Pop, Associate Editor

Butler University’s plans for a major campus upgrade will bring two new facilities along Sunset Avenue in Indianapolis – a 600-bed residence hall and an approximately 1,000-space parking garage.

According to the Indianapolis Business Journal, the project entails a total investment of about $60 million, including $40 million for the student-housing complex and $20 million for the parking structure.

Construction on the five-story parking facility is expected to begin this fall and be complete by August 2015. It will rise on an existing lot between Clowes Memorial Hall and Lake Road and also include 15,000 square feet of ground-level commercial space.

Meanwhile, construction on the residence hall is scheduled to begin in spring 2015 and be complete in fall 2016. It will be built on the existing Irwin Library parking lot by the campus entrance.

The two buildings will be connected by a multi-level glass atrium.  The architect for the residence hall is Chicago-based Solomon Cordwell Buenz, and the developer is Keystone Group, while Indianapolis-based CSO Architects Inc. is the designer of the parking facility.

“Advancing our educational mission through the development of superior campus amenities is a key component of Butler’s 2020 Vision to be an innovative leader in transformative student-centered learning,” Butler President James M. Danko said in a news release.

The residence hall is part of the university’s larger effort to add more on-campus housing. Butler and Austin, Texas-based American Campus Communities have partnered to build the dormitory, with ACC funding construction costs and maintenance, and splitting revenue with the university.

The university also aims to develop and enhance the eastern border of its campus. In April, Butler and the City of Indianapolis began work on the Sunset Avenue Streetscape initiative, which will improve community safety and way-finding, while beautifying the public gateways to campus. The initial phase of the Streetscape project will primarily involve Sunset Avenue north of Hampton Drive, including a major remodeling of the 49th Street curve.

“With the Sunset Avenue Streetscape improvements in full swing, a multi-use parking facility scheduled to open next year, and planning for new student housing underway, we are certainly beginning to see our exciting vision for Butler’s future come to life,” added Danko.

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