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Glen Baines
CSI Great Lakes Region Conference Chair


Thursday July 31, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM EDT

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NCAA Headquarters - Grant Ballroom A 
700 W Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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Indianapolis Chapter CSI July Meeting:  

NCAA Headquarters Addition Design

Please Note: This month's meeting will be held at the NCAA Headquarters on the 5th Thursday, July 31. Please take a moment to register for this meeting, if you plan on attending.

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From Design to Construction: The challenges of creating a cohesive and complimentary design for an existing post-modern building.

In 2012, RATIO completed an edition to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) headquarters in downtown Indianapolis. The NCAA had outgrown the original building, designed by internationally renowned architect Michael Graves, and needed to accommodate employee growth and additional on-site committee meetings.  RATIO presented a design for new office and conference space uniquely innovative to NCAA operations and delivered a building with high performance, sustainable features.

The expansion’s initial design concepts explored ways to fit in with its current surroundings and compliment Grave’s original post-modern design. RATIO’s final design highlights the NCAA’s role supporting the student/athlete while harmonizing with the adjacent state park’s open vistas and adjacent campus green space.  The north elevation steps back to allow the NCAA Hall of Champions to be the prominent architectural expression, while the south elevation presents a new front door and public face for the NCAA office and meeting functions.

In order to find an exterior material that would support and complement the existing brick building without copying it, terra cotta tiles were used as a modern masonry application in the construction of the new building. The building also has sustainable features such as a green roof, daylight harvesting, and raised floor system.


Jeff Milliken, AIA, LEED AP
Associate Principal, RATIO Architects, Inc.

As an associate principal at RATIO, Jeff is instrumental in creating the initial design for projects. Since joining RATIO in 1998, he has helped to set the design vision for a multitude of clients across a broad range of industries.

Building on a diverse background, Jeff’s experience provides him with an insight into the challenges and expectations clients face. Creative and detail oriented, Jeff is skilled at listening to multiple client needs and translating them into a distinctive, functional solution unique to their organization. Adept at using electronic design media, Jeff uses 3-D computer modeling to test and study different options and to help clients realistically visualize potential solutions.

Jeff graduated from the Honors College at Ball State University with a Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects.

When he is not collaborating and building client relationships, Jeff can be found on the sidelines of a soccer field or baseball diamond supporting his kids.  His hobbies include oil painting and maintaining his marine aquarium.

Jake Plummer, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Associate Architect, RATIO Architects, Inc.

With the firm since 2000, Jake is very pragmatic and detail focused, bringing a passion for building performance, sustainability and technical execution to every project in which he is involved. Listening carefully to client and balancing programmatic and budgetary goals with simple design solutions and project efficiency, Jake believes that no detail is too small and no question is unimportant  during the design and construction process.

Jake brings a very diverse professional skill set to every new project ranging from serving as an Owner’s Project Representative during construction of a $10 million renovation and expansion of the Clifty Inn at Clifty Falls State Park in Madison, Indiana, to work on corporate office, higher education and mixed-use projects, retail and high-end residential projects. Jake has led several projects to surpass owner sustainability expectations through pushing for better building performance and earlier owner involvement  in making key decisions without negatively impacting the budget, most recently
leading the NCAA Headquarters Expansion Project to a LEED Gold certification.

Jake graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture. He is a registered architect in the state of Indiana, a LEED Accredited Professional, BD+C, and NCARD certified. Active in the community as well, Jake is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the US Green Building Council, Indiana Chapter.

In his spare time, Jake enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, ages 2 and 5, competing in Ironman distance triathlons, cycling, snow skiing, and travelling.