Indiana University’s $39.8 million present to the School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering will be ready in time for Christmas.
Luddy Hall is expected to open next semester, with faculty and staff moving in over winter break. The new building — named in honor of cloud computing company founder Fred Luddy and his $8 million donation — will provide a new home for one of the fastest growing schools on IU’s Bloomington campus. Undergraduate enrollment has more than tripled over the past six years, according to IU’s website for University Institutional Research and Reporting. As a result, informatics courses are now taught in more than a dozen buildings.
Interest has grown so fast that Luddy Hall actually grew during the planning stages, said Tom Morrison, IU’s vice president for capital planning and facilities. A fourth floor was added in large part because the school created a new intelligent systems engineering program that welcomed its first students in the fall of 2016.
Most of the engineering offices will be located on the top floor, with offices for the dean and other administrators on the third floor. There will be 77 classrooms, labs and learning spaces throughout the 135,000-square-foot building, the majority located on the first two levels.