Elanco Engages Local Firms to Lead New Global Headquarters Design

Elanco Animal Health announced the selection of RATIO | CSO LLC as the architect for the new Elanco Global Corporate Headquarters planned for the former GM Stamping Plant site in downtown Indianapolis. In addition to RATIO Design and CSO Architects, the design team includes a host of local engineers and XBE firms.

CSO and RATIO pursued the project as a joint venture in order to maximize local involvement and take advantage of both firm’s professional design expertise, resources, and considerable corporate design portfolios. “We are truly humbled by this tremendous responsibility and we welcome the opportunity to develop a transformative project for Elanco, the City of Indianapolis, and the State of Indiana,” said Bill Browne, Principal / President, RATIO.

According to CSO President Alan Tucker, “The RATIO | CSO Team understands the significance of this important neighborhood and riverfront footprint in Indianapolis, and is committed to work with community leaders, White River State Park Commission, Indiana Economic Development Corporation, the City of Indianapolis, and Elanco leadership to determine an approach and design which satisfies as many stakeholders as possible while remaining true to Elanco’s overall vision of a workplace of the future.”

CURIS Design to Deliver Transformative, Resilient Healthcare Design

Top Indianapolis architecture firms, CSO, BSA LifeStructures and RATIO Architects, have combined forces by forming a joint venture, CURIS Design, to drive design and development of a new hospital on the IU Health Medical Campus. Plans for the world-class facility, part of a $1.6 billion hospital redevelopment project in Indianapolis, will fulfill IU Health’s vision of bringing a distinctive, resilient healthcare campus to serve the local community and greater region.

“At this critical moment in American healthcare, we are encouraged by this innovative approach to project delivery and job creation,” said CSO President Alan Tucker. “Clearly, Indianapolis has become a leader in healthcare innovation, and the new IU Health campus at 16th Street will continue this impressive legacy.”

CURIS Design, LLC, blends the best local architectural design, healthcare planning, and project management expertise into a single entity focused on delivering exceptional quality in healthcare design. To learn more, read the full press release below from CURIS Design.


Joint Venture to Manage Development of New IU Health Campus

CSO, BSA and RATIO to collaborate on major downtown project

In wake of IU Health’s recent, public announcement about their plans to consolidate a medical center in downtown Indianapolis in 2026, three of Indianapolis’ top architecture firms are combining forces in a joint venture to design the new hospital campus.

CSO, BSA LifeStructures and RATIO Architects have formed CURIS Design, LLC to drive development of the Hospital Building on the IU Health Medical Campus which promises to have a major impact on the region’s healthcare and the city’s skyline.

“With CURIS Design, this team is seizing a unique opportunity to bring the best of Hoosier creativity to this innovative program and vision developed by IU Health,” said BSA Chief Strategy Officer Keith Smith.

BSA brings extensive healthcare design experience to the collaboration. RATIO and CSO are two of Indianapolis’ largest architecture firms, with RATIO being known for designing some of the area’s most innovative spaces and CSO having earned a reputation for managing large, complex projects. As CURIS Design, the three firms will ensure that the new IU Health campus is a distinctive, resilient healthcare space that serves the Indianapolis community efficiently, effectively and sustainably.

The project also promises to make an impact on the local economy and workforce. “RATIO is pleased to be a part of a project in which IU Health has made clear its commitment to local investment and to hiring firms representing diverse communities,” said Bill Browne, Principal/President at RATIO. In agreeing to work together, IU Health and CURIS Design committed to making sure that at least 25% of the project’s contracts go to certified “XBE” businesses – those owned by minorities, women or veterans or firms classified as disadvantaged.

CURIS Design is expected to be posting a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the design team on its website on Monday, August 31. Interested firms can access the RFQ and learn more about opportunities to partner on this project with CURIS Design, LLC at www.CURISDesign.net.

CSO Ranks Among Top 300 Firms in Architectural Record’s Annual List

CSO is proud to be ranked #132 in Architectural Record’s 2020 list of the Top 300 Architecture Firms in the United States, rising 56 spots since last year. The ranking reflects our commitment to provide design and service excellence for the benefit of our clients, our people, our community, and our environment.

The annual list, compiled by Engineering News-Record, ranks firms based on earnings from architectural services provided in the previous year. CSO continues to climb the list, ranking 175 in 2018 and 151 in 2016.

CSO Projects Honored with Awards

CSO’s design for Clif Bar received two design awards and the Circle Centre Mall project was recognized with an AIA 25 Year Award.

2020 AIA Indiana Design Awards
Clif Bar was recognized with an award for Interior Architecture. The jury said, “This project makes all the right moves. The spaces are warm and active and the focus on wellness and use of biophilic design unmistakably connect the users to the brand.”

2020 Indy Chamber Monumental Awards
CSO took home top honors in the Interior Design category for Clif Bar. Indy Chamber’s Monumental Awards celebrate the built environment in the Indianapolis region and recognize the businesses and individuals who make quality of place possible.

2020 AIA Indiana 25 Year Award
Circle Centre Mall was recognized with the H. Roll McLaughlin 25 Year Award, which recognizes architecture built over twenty-five years ago that adds value to the community and has retained the original design intent. The jury commented that “this multi-block project integrated the preservation of numerous historic buildings and facades to maintain the unique character of downtown Indianapolis while providing a vibrant multi-block mixed use development. Twenty-five years after its completion, it continues to be a case study of working with local preservation agencies to create a vision that supports local preservation efforts and revitalizes urban centers through new development.” CSO and Browning Day teamed on the original project and accepted the award jointly.