Jan. 11, 2017
The fence is gone and the finishing touches have been applied to the School of Public and Environmental Affairs’ Paul H. O’Neill Graduate Center. The new building was completed just in time for the start of classes on Jan. 9.
The 34,000-square-foot facility now houses SPEA’s top-ranked graduate programs and adjoins the front of the existing SPEA building. To honor the new building, students marched with bagpiper and IU employee Ian Arthur from the "olde" SPEA into the new center during the first passing period of the spring semester.
Along with a newly constructed façade and plaza, the center also boasts classroom and office space, including collaboration spaces supported by new technology; lounges for graduate students, undergrads, faculty and staff; a spectacular stairway featuring three floors of windows; limestone accent walls; a 2,300-square-foot student commons; and floor to ceiling views of Herman B Wells library and the arboretum.
"We’re grateful to start off the new year in our new space. It’s rewarding to watch our students and faculty move in and make the O’Neill Center their own," said SPEA’s Executive Associate Dean Michael McGuire.
The $12 million building project was funded in part by a $3 million gift from the building’s namesake and SPEA alumnus, Paul H. O’Neill.
The Paul H. O'Neill Graduate Center building addition aligns with priorities outlined in the university’s Bicentennial Strategic Plan, including a commitment to student success.