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Sciences Renovation and Expansion Project Phases

Business Building Construction

Campus Construction

Whether it's minor maintenance or major construction, Butler's 300+ acre campus is continually evolving, further distinguishing our urban University as a national and global school of choice.

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 2019-2020 academic year. Butler is dedicated to being a welcoming place for all people, and your accessibility to campus is our priority.

Butler Beyond

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. Many of these projects are part of that vision.

Campus Projects

Shaping the Sciences

The 36-month sciences renovation and expansion project is well underway. Crews are now working to improve accessibility to the Holcomb Building by installing a new loading dock, temporary pathways, a front entrance, and temporary walls.

The Holcomb Building’s loading dock and trash service will remain open throughout the construction, allowing for pickup and deliveries. Campus Impressions and the Purchasing Office, both in the basement of Holcomb, will also remain open for the duration of the project. The IT Help Desk and related staff will continue operations on the third floor of Holcomb for the 2019-2020 academic year, before relocating to a new temporary location.

Meanwhile, work continues on the re-routing of utilities and removal of structural elements before major renovation and expansion efforts can begin.

Lifting Up Athletics

Recent renovations to Hinkle Fieldhouse included a new men’s soccer locker room; HVAC, lighting, and banner installations in the main arena; and new flooring, lighting, and amenities in the Efroymson Family Gym. In the coming weeks, a nutrition station will also be installed in the north hallway.

Assorted varieties of tomatoes on a shelf

Focusing on Health

Butler’s new campus dining partner, Bon Appétit Management Company, has been working on changes to the former C-Club to make way for Plum Market at C-Club.

The dining space in the lower level of Atherton Union will reopen in late November as Plum Market at C-Club, a modern convenience retailer offering natural, organic, local, and specialty items. The renovation will also include new flooring, furniture, fixtures, and other amenities.

A section of Holcomb Gardens

Protecting Our Community

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has completed construction on the Indianapolis North Flood Damage Reduction Project. Crews installed a new flood wall in Holcomb Gardens, complete with an adjacent pedestrian pathway and decorative lighting. The path runs north from Holcomb Gardens to the intersection of 56th Street, Illinois Street, and Westfield Boulevard.

Butler, the town of Rocky Ripple, and the City of Indianapolis will continue to work collaboratively toward additional flood control measures to protect Rocky Ripple and Butler’s West Campus.

Building a Balanced Lifestyle

Chatham Tap has completed their renovation of the former Scotty’s Dawghouse location. The restaurant is now open seven days a week, starting at 11:00 AM each day.

Butler recently announced plans for a 7,500-square-foot multi-use esports facility in the former Metro Diner location and the adjoining undeveloped space to the north. Construction of this new space will begin in March 2020, with a grand opening slated for later that fall. The new gaming facility will build upon the Atherton Union space that is currently near completion, and it will feature 50 gaming PCs, an area of gaming consoles, and room for technology-infused corporate events or youth STEM and esports camps. The space will also have a coworking area, a cafe, a small office space available for lease, and broadcasting production capabilities for live events such as podcasts or esports competitions.

An exterior view of Irwin Library

Elevating Study Spaces

Renovations to Irwin Library continue with LED lighting upgrades on the first and second floors, updated furniture on the second floor, and the creation of an additional study area. The work is expected to finish by the end of the fall semester.

A close view of a BUPD car, focusing on the badge on the car's side

Optimizing Safety

Renovations to the BUPD dispatch office are wrapping up, with BUPD expected to move back in around the middle of November. Upgrades to the space include new walls, carpet, paint, and desks to improve the functionality of campus police dispatch.

A view of the Sunset Avenue and Lake Road street signs from below; autumn foliage is visible behind them

Brightening Up Our Campus

Updates to exterior campus signage are nearing completion, and the replacement of bollards and exterior lighting will continue throughout the academic year. The new bollards will feature LED technology and match campus light poles.

Speaking of campus light poles, a set of new poles and lights will be installed along Hampton Drive (from Blue Ridge to Beta Lane) starting in early spring 2020. Meanwhile, another set of lights will be installed on the Hinkle Fieldhouse surface parking lot, including WiFi capability, security cameras, and electrical outlets.

An exterior view of Residential College

Modernizing Student Housing

Opened in 1989, Residential College (ResCo) has been slated for renovations. The coeducational residence hall community, which is home to about 470 primarily first-year students, will receive upgrades including new residence bathrooms—complete with new fixtures, countertops, mirrors, lighting, flooring, walls, finishes, and larger showers.

Eighteen rooms were upgraded last year, with another 47 residences planned for renovation over summer 2020. During that time, the dining facility will also be completely overhauled with new back-of-house installations and a refresh of the front-of-house dining environment.

Miscellaneous Work & Projects

  • Renovation of the Jordan Hall Greenhouse is nearly complete. New furniture for the space is set to arrive in December and January, with new lighting to be installed at that time, as well.
  • The new Esports and Gaming Lounge in Atherton Union is set to open in late November. Located adjacent to the newly designed Plum Market at C-Club, this facility will be open to the campus community. The space will have stations dedicated to esports—or competitive, organized video gaming. There will be 16 gaming PCs, an area of gaming consoles, and an area for tabletop gaming.
  • In December, a new crosswalk will be installed across Haughey Avenue (on the north side of 44th Street), across Haughey, and connecting the Sigma Nu and Phi Beta Phi properties. The installation will include pole indicator lights to alert motorists of approaching pedestrians. During construction, there will be a short period when traffic will be redirected.
  • The City of Indianapolis has announced plans to resurface Clarendon Road (from 38th Street to Hampton Drive) and 42nd Street (from Michigan Road to Illinois Street) in spring 2020. University officials are working with DPW staff to improve pedestrian access and lighting infrastructure along those areas as a part of the project.