At A Glance:
Location: Bloomington, IN
Size: 65,200 sq. ft.
Services: Architecture, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing
Indiana University needed to renovate its Auditorium to ensure the facility was ready for many more years of service. The goals for the facility are to attract commercial touring companies and to provide a desirable first engagement location for touring companies before starting rigorous tours. Schmidt Associates designed and engineered the Auditorium with new electrical service and distribution, air conditioning, public and accessible toilets, life safety systems, and support spaces. The new electrical systems allow the house electrician greater control, making the house more attractive to technically demanding shows. One of the more attractive visual restorations was the refurbishment of several large, historically significant murals painted by Thomas Hart Benton. These murals depict the cultural and industrial history of Indiana and being a part of the history of Indiana, are part of Indiana University’s traditions.
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“The team at Schmidt Associates distinguished themselves as true professionals from the inception of our project, to its completion. But, even more impressive to us, was the total engagement of the team. Their communicative and cooperative nature, not only with us the client, but also with our contractors, suppliers, and one another enabled us all to work together to renovate IU Auditorium and return it to its original status as a state-of-the-art performing arts center. Today, after ten years of operation since the completion of the project, the careful design and attention to detail of the Schmidt team is still clearly apparent in our facility.”