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Two Architectural Designs Approved For IU Campus - Golf Course And Metz Carilon
Updated October 9, 2017 8:47 AM
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One architectual design approved by the Board of Trustees for the IU Bloomington campus was the renovation and relocation of the Metz Carillon. Rendering courtesy of the Office of the Vice President for Capital Planning and Facilities

(BLOOMINGTON) - The Facilities and Auxiliaries Committee of the Indiana University Board of Trustees met Thursday and approved two architectural designs for the Bloomington campus - renovation of the golf course and relocation of the Metz Carilon.

Beth Feicker, of IU News reports, the redesigned golf course will include a new clubhouse and driving range, will feature new hole layouts that challenge beginning through advanced golfers. The course also will be revitalized by returning part of the current course to native landscape, including the addition of about 70 acres of new trees, shrubs and other plantings to replace and augment dead or diseased trees.

Golfers will be able to choose from several tee box locations, and the greens will be designed for the approach shots of many skill levels. The par-71 course has a maximum yardage of about 7,700 yards and a minimum of about 4,500 yards, depending on the tee location selected.

The new clubhouse with cart storage and an attached outdoor covered pavilion will be near the Indiana University Foundation, along with the driving range. The clubhouse will include visual references to the campus including stone accents and an exterior clock with details reminiscent of the Frances Morgan Swain Student Building tower clock. The interior will include a golf shop, a space for alumni, casual dining and snack bar, and public restrooms/locker rooms.

At the intersection of three existing pathways in the Arboretum, the new 162-foot tower housing the Metz Carillon will serve as a beacon and gathering place for the campus. The carillon's current bells will be refurbished and four new bells added to upgrade the instrument to 65 bells, making it a grand carillon. Six vertical limestone piers will form the primary structure of the tower, with smaller vertical stone fins forming a radial structure and horizontal steel rings unifying the tower and providing bracing. A glass enclosure above the instrument's bells and playing chamber will provide evening illumination. The radial structure of the tower will be reinforced in the plaza below, which will include benches to encourage use of the plaza as a gathering place.

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