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University Tower behind-the-scenes media tour


March 5, 2013

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  • Margie Smith-Simmons
    Director, news and media, IU Communications

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INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis leaders invite local media to a behind-the-scenes tour of University Tower and the new Hine Hall, former home of the University Place Hotel and Conference Center, as it converts to a residence hall, the campus’ first dining hall and an academic building – all critical needs as expressed by faculty, staff, students and administrators.

WHAT: Behind-the-scenes media tour of University Tower and the new Hine Hall

WHEN: Thurs., March 7, 1-2 p.m.

WHERE: University Tower, 850 W. Michigan St. (corner of Michigan Street and University Boulevard)

Media parking available in the circle on W. North Street (north side of the building)The conversion into the multi-use facility began November 2012 after nearly a yearlong study of the complex’s viability by campus and Indiana University officials.

University Tower, scheduled for an August 2013 grand opening, will offer:

Residential space for 560 students.

oEach residence hall room includes a private bath, bed, desk, closet, dresser, many of which    were handpicked by a select group of students during the planning process for the new facility. The residence hall will offer air-conditioning, wired and wireless Internet connections, informal learning spaces, a game room, fitness center and laundry facility.

•IUPUI’s first dining hall that will seat 470 simultaneously.

oThe dining hall will be available to students, faculty, staff and the general public; feature six distinct dining options, including special dietary menus such as vegetarian and low-fat; and offer an open, contemporary design with its own culinary and operations staff. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served Monday-Friday and brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

Hine Hall, named after IUPUI’s first chancellor, Dr. Maynard K. Hine, has transformed into an academic building and saw its first students in January 2013. Hine Hall offers over 18,000 square feet of classroom space.

•Dining hall under construction
•Design boards and renderings of new dining hall concept
•Outfitted residence hall room
•Fitness Center
•New state-of-the-art classrooms