The lot at the corner of 11th Street and Woodlawn Ave. is empty right now, a bare patch of dirt or mud depending on the weather. It is nothing great to look at.
But the Mona Lisa was also once just a blank piece of wood, one that was pregnant with possibilities.
The next step toward creating the masterpiece that is Luddy Hall was announced March 30 when the construction contract was awarded to Weddle Brothers Construction, a Bloomington-based company that describes itself as an “innovative and progressive construction services provider.” Interim Dean Brad Wheeler said that following a review by the Architect’s Office, the bids were determined to be within budget, and construction would begin in April.
The total budget of Luddy Hall is announced as $42.4 million with $12 million coming from philanthropy.
So what is there to know about Weddle Brothers? The company was founded in 1946, and it has been involved in construction projects that engaged in health care, higher education, bio and life sciences, power, site and civil, and transportation. Weddle Brothers already has a pile of IU ties, working on Hodge Hall at the Kelley School of Business, The Sample Gates, and Bart Kaufman Field, home of IU baseball, among others.
Construction details and contracts are currently being worked out, but it won’t be long until equipment starts rolling onto the site to put some metaphorical paint on the blank canvas.
Over the next few weeks and months, we’ll be providing biweekly updates on the construction of Luddy Hall, taking you from the squish of mud through the cacophony of construction to the finishing touches of the School of Informatics and Computing’s state-of-the-art facility. The SoIC is stepping into the future. Come with us on the journey.
View from Northeast Corner
View from Northwest Corner