Marching Hundred could get new facility

By Kat Carlton

 

Approval of a new, $10 million building for IU’s Marching Hundred Band is on the agenda for the Indiana University Board of Trustees meeting this week on the Bloomington campus.

The 30,000-square-foot building would be located on the southeastern corner of Woodlawn Avenue and 17th Street, across the street from Assembly Hall and Memorial Stadium.

According to the trustees’ meeting agenda, the building would include a 6,000-square-foot rehearsal space, in addition to two smaller rehearsal rooms measuring 2,600 square feet each. It would also house instrument storage and repair space, uniform storage and more. The project would be funded by gifts through the IU Foundation.

IU’s Marching Hundred is composed of students who audition and take specialized music classes. They rehearse nearly every day from 4:10 to 5:45 p.m. at Hundred Hall on the corner of Matlock Road and the Ind. 45/46 Bypass. Each year, the band performs at all home football games, one away game and the Rose Bowl (or another bowl game).

The trustees are scheduled to vote on the project at their business meeting on Friday.

Other highlights of the trustees’ agenda include:

• Design approval for a new gateway at the northeastern corner of the Third Street and Indiana Avenue intersection. The plan includes using brick paving to replace concrete sidewalk, the addition of a fabricated limestone wall, and column-flanked entries. According to the agenda, it is a continuation of the Bloomington Campus Master Plan recommendation to enhance the campus arrival experience via the use of gateways, which also help define campus edges.

• Design approval for a two-story addition to the Kelley School of Business. The 30,000- to 35,000-square-foot addition to the north side of Kelley’s tower would add a northern entry to the school. The IU trustees initially approved the estimated $14 million addition at their October meeting.

• Design approval for a renovation to the Sigma Nu fraternity, along with a two-story addition adjacent to the Bloomington campus. This includes shingle replacement on the roof; new limestone veneer; new windows; an entry addition; structural, mechanical and electrical work; and a new 8,300-square-foot addition.

• A declaration of surplus for about five acres of IU property in Brown County at 3980 Bear Wallow Road, which would allow the land to be sold.

• Approval of an amendment to IU’s retirement plan that would broaden elective deferrals to all eligible employees, except certain groups including some students and nonresident aliens. IU’s plan currently excludes employees working less than a 50 percent full-time equivalent.

The trustees will discuss agenda items in meetings on Thursday and Friday and will vote on all action items at their regular business meeting on Friday.

Follow live coverage highlights of the meetings on Twitter, @KatCarlton.

 

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