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Campus Construction

Whether it's minor maintenance or major construction, Butler's beautiful 295-acre campus is continually evolving, further distinguishing our urban University as a national and global school of choice.

Furthermore, Butler's campus evolution is an intentional effort toward advancing our educational mission through superior campus amenities, as directed by the Butler 2020 Strategic Initiative

While the following campus construction projects and infrastructure enhancements may seem like dusty inconveniences, the end result will undoubtedly position Butler University as  an innovative leader in the creation and delivery of transformative student-centered learning experiences that prepare graduates to make a meaningful impact in the world.

Parking & Directions

With several construction and improvement projects currently ongoing, campus accessibility and parking will be greatly impacted throughout the 2015-16 academic year. Butler is dedicated to being a welcoming place for all people, and your accessibility to campus is our priority.

Butler 2020

We are in the midst of achieving a bold vision for the future of our University. A vision that challenges us to strengthen our commitments while striving to continue distinguishing Butler as a school of choice and increase our national prominence by the year 2020. Many of these projects are part of that vision.

Campus Projects

Irvington House

Irvington House

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Butler University, in partnership with American Campus Communities, introduces Irvington House—a state-of-the-art, 647-bed, suite-style residential facility which opens fall 2018.

Project Status: Active
Expected Completion: August 2018

Project Update (4/10/18): Irvington House on Schedule for Summer Opening

Construction of the new Irvington House remains on schedule for an August opening. Crews are now focusing on interior finishes and shifting efforts to exterior grounds and site completion.

During the spring and summer months, contractors will specifically address site work between Irvington House and the immediate areas extending to Atherton Union and Jordan Hall. Additional notice will be shared regarding road closures and parking impacts as a result of that site work.

Irvington House is the second of two new world-class housing facilities constructed on campus in partnership with American Campus Communities. In the fall of 2016, Butler and ACC opened Fairview House, a 633-bed student housing community.


For more information about the Irvington House and it’s amenities, be sure to visit the residence website, which also features a computer-generated fly-through tour of the facility.

LSB Building

Lacy School of Business 

We’re a business school on the rise, experiencing tremendous growth in both our enrollment and academic quality. To accommodate our needs, a new 110,000-square foot business building featuring collaborative classrooms and workspaces, a trading room, food service, and a rooftop deck is currently being constructed. The new building supports our long-term vision to foster further interaction between our students and the business community.

Project Status: Active
Expected Completion: Fall 2019

Project Update (4/10/18): Construction Efforts Well Underway

As the towering new home for the Lacy School of Business goes up, crews are now planning immediate efforts to complete the supporting steel structure, tie the building into Irwin Library, finish pouring the slab floors, and start the interior framing process.

These efforts are aimed at achieving the project’s September rough-in completion milestone. After that, contractors will spend next winter installing the building’s 100,000 square feet of innovative central features, including an Einstein Bros. Bagels cafe. Interior finishes will begin in June of next year, ahead of a fall 2019 opening.

Visit the Lacy School of Business website to learn more and view the Lacy School of Business flythrough


Flood Control Measures Being Installed in Holcomb Gardens

Project Status: Active

Visuals: Rendering A and Rendering B

Project Update (4/10/18): Campus Transportation Update

In recent weeks, contractors commissioned by the United States Army Corp. of Engineers and the City of Indianapolis have been working in Holcomb Gardens to make way for flood control measures as mandated via the final phase of the North Flood Damage Reduction Project.

Initial efforts have been focused upon removing vegetation along the north and east boundaries of the Gardens, which is necessary to erect a flood wall, multi-modal pathway, and pathway lighting. Those elements will likely be constructed and installed later this coming summer or fall.

In addition, invasive overgrowth will be removed along the west (Central Canal) Garden border, thus improving the Garden’s appearance and visibility. All mature trees removed, deemed necessary by the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers as a result of the vegetation clearing, will ultimately be replaced.

The flood wall erected in the Gardens will connect to, and ultimately complete, a flood levee system that extends north and east along the White River to Broad Ripple. Upon completion, the Indianapolis North Flood Damage Reduction Project will protect approximately 2,400 Midtown Indianapolis properties currently residing in a 100-year floodplain.

Butler Bowl

Additional Campus Construction Projects

Project Update (4/10/18): Central Chilled Water Project to Come Online in April

Installation of a new, larger central chilled water plant, located immediately south of Jordan Hall, is reaching the testing and operational phase. The new plant will have the capacity to adequately cool the growing number of facilities on campus, and will become fully functional as outside temperatures begin to rise this spring.

Once operational, site work in and around the plant will continue through May.

Project Update (4/10/18): Electrical Duct Bank Installation

The next phase of the duct bank work, designed to improve power reliability, and previously installed through the campus mall and academic quad, will begin again in April. Work will originate from the north side of Fairbanks Center and continue along locations behind Gallahue Hall, Robertson Hall, and along Lake Road in front of Holcomb Observatory.

Project Update (4/10/18): HRC Pool HVAC Refurbishment

A refurbishment of the air handling system inside the HRC aquatics area is scheduled for mid-May and will require a closure of the pool, hot tub, and sauna for approximately two weeks. Exact timing of the closure will be made available when construction dates are set.

Project Update (4/10/18): Atherton Roof Replacement

The replacement of the Atherton Roof is nearing the halfway point and with favorable weather, will be completed in June.

Project Update (4/10/18): Sunset Avenue Repairs

Butler facilities personnel are working with Indianapolis Department of Public Works staff to address the crumbling portions of the northbound lane along Sunset Ave. Contractors are expected to replace prematurely deteriorating sections of roadway in the coming weeks. Upon confirmation of timing, detour information will be made available.