IU trustees approve new IU, Ivy Tech building in Gary

2014-06-20T13:53:00Z 2014-06-21T21:04:41Z IU trustees approve new IU, Ivy Tech building in GaryTimes Staff nwitimes.com
June 20, 2014 1:53 pm  • 

GARY | Indiana University, together with Ivy Tech Community College, received IU Board of Trustees approval today to proceed with the design of a new shared facility to be built on the northeast corner of Broadway and 35th Street.

The three-story, 133,500-square-foot arts and sciences building will house multiple programs of both campuses, including IU Northwest fine and performing arts programs, Ivy Tech science programs, and shared classrooms and informal study spaces.

The new shared building has a temporary name: the "Arts and Science Building." This will not necessarily remain the permanent name. A process to name the building permanently will come later, IUN officials said.

For IU Northwest, a cornerstone of the facility will be a 500-seat performing arts venue and a smaller black-box theater. Ivy Tech’s plans include developing a “one-stop shop” for enrollment and admission services. IU Northwest will occupy about half the building, Ivy Tech will occupy about 30 percent. The remaining space will house shared classrooms, focus and breakout spaces and informal study spaces.

Last July, the Indiana State Budget Committee appropriated $45 million to IU for the project, fully funding the new construction. With the IU Board of Trustees’ official design approval, the next step is to refine the design, create construction documents and gather construction bids. The building is anticipated to open in 2017.

The building will span most of a city block, making it a significant construction project, and a signature building in the city of Gary and Northwest Indiana. IU Northwest owns the property where the facility will be built.

IU Northwest Chancellor William J. Lowe said that in addition to expanding the academic capacity of both campuses, the venture will contribute substantively to Gary's redevelopment goals, focusing on investment along Broadway. The building, central to Gary’s University Park Plan, will serve as a cornerstone for area redevelopment.

“The building will be an asset to the two institutions, the Gary community, and the entire Northwest Indiana region,” Lowe said.

A joint facility also will likely improve the seamless transition of students between the two institutions as they seek to complete their associate or bachelor’s degrees, Lowe said.

A year ago, Lowe said the 35th Avenue Corridor and Broadway have re-emerged as an important economic development tool for the city of Gary. The new building will replace Tamarack Hall which was destroyed by flooding in 2008. The construction of a new university building in Gary also fits in with Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson's goal to focus on the University Park plan as a way to create additional economic development in the city.

For Ivy Tech specifically, students will benefit from new science and computer labs, and instructional spaces. Most of the courses taught will focus on liberal arts and sciences and will be transferable to IU Northwest.

“The new arts and science building represents a rare opportunity for two higher educational institutions to come together to design and build a facility that will deliver quality student learning experiences. This type of partnership focused on student success is what the community expects,” said Thomas Coley, chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College’s Northwest and North Central Regions.

IU’s University Architect’s Office has been working with architecture firm Moody Nolan on the project.

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