December 8, 1976.
On this day, IUPUI Chancellor Glenn W. Irwin, Jr., announced plans to construct a new four-story building that would house the Indiana University School of Business and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) on IUPUI's Indianapolis campus.
According to the Green Sheet, the campus's weekly newsletter, Irwin, accompanied by School of Business dean Schuyler F. Otteson and SPEA dean Charles F. Bonser, told the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce board of directors that the university would ask the Indiana General Assembly to appropriate $8 million for the building. The architectural plans included second-floor pedestrian connectors to the Engineering and Technology building and would connect over street traffic to future buildings.
Along with computer facilities, the building would feature many classrooms of various sizes, laboratories, and student lounge space. The top floor would have administrative and faculty offices.
If the General Assembly approved, Irwin said construction would begin in 1977 with occupancy as early as the fall of 1979.
The building was the first to result from the comprehensive IUPUI Master Plan for Development promulgated earlier in the year. The plan mapped out the built landscape for IUPUI for the following decade. Today, Business/SPEA continues to house the Kelley School of Business and SPEA in the center of IUPUI, "gerbil-tube" connectors to several other buildings on campus. Student hustle from class to class in all kinds of weather.
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