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James R. Hodge

Hodge Hall is named for alumnus James R. Hodge, BS'74, president of Permal Asset Management. Hodge's $15 million gift sparked fundraising efforts for the renovation and expansion project of the Undergraduate Building in 2009. The project is completely privately funded through $27 million in gifts from alumni and strategic partners and a $33 million Lilly Endowment Grant—the largest grant ever received by the Kelley School and one of the largest in Indiana University's history.

Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center

Renovation and Expansion

More than bricks and mortar: An expansion and renovation project transforming the way we approach business education

A new chapter in undergraduate business education at the Kelley School of Business began on March 30, 2012, as our Undergraduate Building was named Hodge Hall. The name change marks the start of a $60 million expansion and renovation project set to transform the Undergraduate Building that has served business students since 1966—and, to transform Kelley’s role in business education.

Building expansion and renovation details

The improved facilities will further elevate the role of the Kelley School in the state’s economic vitality and ensure that Kelley remains among the world’s elite business schools.
The project will be completed in two phases—expansion, then renovation—and will:

  • Expand the existing building’s footprint by nearly 90,000 square feet
  • Add 20 more classrooms, meeting rooms, student collaboration space, and a student commons—an open, tiered area at the main entry to inspire gathering and collaboration
  • Enable technology-mediated global team learning—real-time interaction with other students, business leaders, and companies around the state and around the world on vital business projects
  • Promote student-faculty discussion and enable faculty to further create innovative teaching methods
  • House the Indiana Business Research Center, a behavioral research lab, a 3M sales and business communications lab, and a stock-trading room with state-of-the-art resources
  • Offer a 2,000 square foot room for large gatherings

The expansion phase of the building project, designed by BSA LifeStructures of Indianapolis, begins in spring 2012 and is expected to be complete by the start of Fall Semester 2014. Upon completion, Hodge Hall, with its limestone facade, will complement the Kelley School’s Godfrey Graduate and Executive Education Center and is expected to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green certification requirements (LEED Silver). Hodge Hall will be more than just a business school building—the facilities will be available for use by all of Indiana University as a destination for learning and collaboration.

How will this affect current students?

During renovation and expansion, current undergraduate student classes will be held in portions of the Undergraduate Building not affected by construction. Every effort will be made to ensure that there is no disruption in learning.

History of the existing building

The current Undergraduate Building was completed in 1966 at a cost of $5.5 million. The exterior of the 140,000 square foot building was designed to look like a then-modern computer punch card. In terms of undergraduate facilities, the Kelley School’s current building predates peer school facilities by decades.