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New gateways to welcome people to campus

Sept. 18, 2014

One of the most popular traditions at IU Bloomington is snapping a picture in front of the Sample Gates, the face of the campus.  

Campus gateway at Woodland and 46

Construction of the gateway near Woodlawn Avenue began in July and is scheduled to be completed in October. | Photo By Chasity Mottinger

Although the Sample Gates is the most iconic gateway on campus, it is soon to be joined by other distinct entry points, following a number of projects that construct or relocate gateways on campus.

“Edges and gateways help to create and reinforce a sense of place,” said Mia Williams, university landscape architect. “IU Bloomington has always recognized, embraced and supported its strong landscape tradition. Creating special landscapes to provide the gateway experience reinforces that core value.” 

Four gateways are either completed, under construction or in the planning process: 

1. Relocation of the Chi Omega gates bordering the east and west edges of Woodlawn Avenue. The project includes a new pedestrian sidewalk extending from Bart Kaufman Field, along the east edge of Woodlawn Avenue, and through the gates, connecting to the path at the edge of the 45/46 Bypass. Work began in July and is scheduled to be complete in October.

2. A northwest gateway on the southeast corner of the intersection of the 45/46 Bypass and Dunn Street. The project extends across a 0.75-acre site. A fabricated limestone sign wall will display the IU name in 10-foot engraved letters and will be lit at night. A 56-foot limestone spire will mark the definitive boundary of the wall. Work will start this fall and be complete by spring.

Campus gateway at Third and Union Streets

The limestone-arched pedestrian gateway at the northwest corner of Third and Union streets serves as the southeast entry point to campus. | Photo By Chasity Mottinger

3. A limestone-arched pedestrian gateway has been added at the northwest corner of Third and Union streets, which serves as the southeast entry point to the campus. A concave limestone/fieldstone wall terminating in the middle of the curve with a gateway reinforces the existing semicircular configuration of sidewalks at the corner. A sidewalk leads northwest to the Third and Union Apartments and into the campus. A convex limestone sign wall is engraved with the IU name and will be east of the pedestrian gateway.

4. Plans are also being made for a gateway at Seventh Street and Indiana Avenue. According to Williams, the project “seeks to celebrate that entry experience in a manner befitting of the landscape and architectural traditions of the campus, while marking the boundary between the city of Bloomington and the campus.” Work is scheduled to take place in 2015.

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